Date:     Tue Aug 08, 1995  9:55 am  CST

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Subject:  Part 1


     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.

       "Respectfully yours,

       "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

       "Press Secretary"

       "cc:  Mr. James W. Michaels

          Editor, *Forbes*

          Mr. Lawrence Minard

          Managing Editor, *Forbes*

          Mr. William Baldwin

          Executive Editor, *Forbes* "