ad info

CNN.com
 MAIN PAGE
 WORLD
 ASIANOW
 U.S.
 U.S. LOCAL
 ALLPOLITICS
  TIME
  analysis
  community
 WEATHER
 BUSINESS
 SPORTS
 TECHNOLOGY
 NATURE
 ENTERTAINMENT
 BOOKS
 TRAVEL
 FOOD
 HEALTH
 STYLE
 IN-DEPTH

 custom news
 Headline News brief
 daily almanac
 CNN networks
 on-air transcripts
 news quiz

 CNN WEB SITES:
CNN Websites
 TIME INC. SITES:
 MORE SERVICES:
 video on demand
 video archive
 audio on demand
 news email services
 free email accounts
 desktop headlines
 pointcast
 pagenet

 DISCUSSION:
 message boards
 chat
 feedback

 SITE GUIDES:
 help
 contents
 search

 FASTER ACCESS:
 europe
 japan

 WEB SERVICES:
 TIME on politics Congressional Quarterly CNN/AllPolitics CNN/AllPolitics - Storypage, with TIME and Congressional Quarterly

New Nixon tape transcripts released on Web

February 25, 1999
Web posted at: 10:36 a.m. EST (1536 GMT)

YORBA LINDA, California (AllPolitics, February 25) -- Transcripts of 124 tape-recorded conversations from the Nixon White House -- the final installment of the so-called "abuse of power" tapes involving the Watergate scandal and the Vietnam War -- were released on the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace Foundation Web site on Thursday.

graphic

There was a simultaneous release of the conversations on audiotape at the National Archives and Records Administration facility at College Park, Maryland.

The audiotapes are available only for listening and transcribing. Duplication and broadcast of the tapes is prohibited.

The archives released most of the tapes -- 201 hours of conversations -- in late 1996, but withheld the 124 segments, totaling 53 minutes, until sensitive material in them could be declassified.

In addition to transcripts, the Nixon Library said it would release a separate "historical commentary" on the Web site to put the material in context.

"The entire record of Watergate needs to be viewed through the prism of Vietnam," said John H. Taylor, executive director of the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace Foundation. "Richard Nixon was a war-time president. He will still be criticized for his actions," but the criticism will be fairer when viewed in that light, he said.

A total of more than 3,600 hours of tapes from the Nixon presidency will eventually be released.

By order of Congress in 1975, the so-called "abuse of power" tapes had to be released first.

These will be followed by the chronological release of tapes relating to other far-reaching international and domestic policy work of the Nixon presidency recorded between February 1971 and July 1973, when the White House taping system was removed.


RELATED STORIES

Nixon aide Ehrlichman dead at 73
(2-15-99)

Washigton scandals daunting documenters of history
(8-10-98)

Report: Tapes show Nixon ordered break-ins
(10-26-97)

Nixon White House open to all with release of tapes
(10-17-97)

U.S. archive official denies settlement on Nixon papers
(4-5-97)

Examiner: Nixon urged audits of Jewish donors
(12-7-96)

Watergate Revisited: CNN Special Report


RELATED SITES

Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace Foundation

VCE Politics: Watergate



MORE STORIES:

Thursday, February 25, 1999

Search CNN/AllPolitics
          Enter keyword(s)       go    help


© 1999 Cable News Network, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.
Who we are.