Date: Tue Aug 08, 1995 9:55 am CST
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Allegations Regarding Vince Foster, the NSA, and
Banking Transactions Spying, Part I
by J. Orlin Grabbe
On April 17, 1995, James R. Norman, Senior Editor at Forbes
Magazine, sent the following letter to Michael D. McCurry,
Press Secretary at the White house:
"Dear Mr. McCurry:
"Forbes Magazine is preparing an article for immediate publication.
We would like to offer the White House an opportunity to comment
on the following assertions.
"1.) That Vincent W. Foster, while White House Deputy Counsel,
maintained a Swiss bank account.
"2.) That funds were paid into that account by a foreign
government, specifically the State of Israel.
"3.) That shortly before his death and coincident with the
onset of severe and acute depression, Vincent Foster learned
he was under investigation by the CIA for espionage.
"4.) That this information was made available to him by
Hillary Rodham Clinton.
"5.) That while he was White House Deputy Counsel and for
many years prior, Vincent Foster had been a behind-the-
scenes control person on behalf of the National Security
Agency for Systematics, a bank data processing company
integrally involved in a highly secret intelligence effort
to monitor world bank transactions.
"6.) That Systematics was also involved in "laundering" funds
from covert operations, including drug and arms sales related
to activities in and around Mena, Ark.
"7.) That through Systematics' relationship with E-Systems,
Vincent Foster may have had access to highly sensitive code,
encryption and data security information of strategic
"8.) That both prior to and after his death, documents relating
to Systematics were removed from Vincent Foster's office in
the White House.
"9.) That the meeting at the Cardozo (Landau) estate on the
eastern shore of Maryland on the weekend before Vincent
Foster's death was attended by, among others, George
"10.) That Hillary Rodham Clinton was also a beneficiary of
funds from Foster's Swiss account.
"Thank you very much for your prompt attention to this matter.
Please fax your written response before end-of-business
Tuesday, April 18, to Forbes at 212-620-2417. If you have
questions, please call me at 212-620-2215.
"James R. Norman, Senior Editor"
The White House did not respond until April 25, 1995. However,
on April 20, 1995, a copy of this letter was leaked by White
House counsel to Mark H. Tuohey IV, an assistant to Kenneth
Starr, a prosecutor leading an "independent" investigation of
events related to Whitewater.
Why was the letter forwarded to a Starr assistant?
Did the White House have reason to believe that the death
of Vincent Foster was related to Whitewater?
Was the letter forwarded to Mark Tuohey so that he could
investigate and comment on the allegations in the letter?
Or was the letter leaked to Mark Tuohey by the White House
because Tuohey is the White House point man for spin control
with respect to any evidence "uncovered" by the investigation?
On April 25, 1995, Michael D. McCurry replied as follows:
"Dear Mr. Norman
"This letter responds to your April 17, 1995 request.
"The allegations contained in your request are outrageous.
Publication of these false allegations will discredit
*Forbes*, maliciously tarnish the reputation of Vincent
Foster, and cause great pain to Mr. Foster's wife and family.
"Should *Forbes* insist on publishing these baseless
allegations, we insist that the Editor of *Forbes* have a pre-
publication meeting with Jane Sherburne of the White House
Counsel's Office and the personal representative of the
President and First Lady, David E. Kendall of Williams &
Connolly. Ms. Sherburne can be reached at (202) 456-5116
and Mr. Kendall's number is (202) 434-5145.
"Michael D. McCurry
"cc: Mr. James W. Michaels
Mr. Lawrence Minard
Managing Editor, *Forbes*
Mr. William Baldwin
Executive Editor, *Forbes* "