May 192: Four decades ago, Halper was responsible for a long-forgotten spying scandal involving the electionin which the Reagan campaign — using CIA officials managed by Halper, reportedly under the direction of former CIA Director and then-Vice-Presidential candidate George H. Bush — got caught running a spying operation from inside the Carter administration.
II had a question that only the President of the United States could answer. And the good news was: It started back when I was interviewing a source who used to work with the Department of Homeland Security, and we were talking about the secret presidential spy ring that was started by none other than George Washington.
But what struck me most was when I asked my source if he thought something like the Culper Ring could still be valuable today. Right there, the phone line went silent. My response was thoughtful and concise. If the Culper Ring was so good, why would George Washington ever disband it?
Why not keep it going? I thought it was a bit whacky too. But there was something to it and in the spirit of finding truth and selling books, I realized I knew someone who would know the actual answer. So I did what anyone else would do.
I emailed the President of the United States.
Okay, it was the former President of the United States. And I did have his email. Because he wrote me a few years ago to say he liked one of my thrillers. Yeah, I know … that happens to me all the time too.
Bush then left a note for Clinton, who left one for W, who left one for Obama. It is, to this day, the greatest private tradition of the US Presidency. Could the greatest secret of the US Presidency still exist and be passed like that?
But instead of answering my question, something was attached to his response. My eyes went wide as I realized what it was: The never-before-seen secret letter that George H. Bush hid in the Oval Office desk and left for Bill Clinton. A personal moment between two of the most powerful men in the world.
And Bush sent it to me. Okay, this was even better than the crazy insanity I was making up. This was it, right? There had to be a secret message in the letter! For days, I combed through it, using every historical code I knew. I tried the codes invented by Thomas Jefferson. I put every sentence into an anagram generator.
But the more I combed through it, all I kept finding was this:The last place I would expect elder statesman George W. Bush to show his face would be the Cayman Islands, home to some of the world's most notorious and nefarious financial intrigue.
After the 9. If news reports are to be believed, we now know the Secret Service code names of the presidential contenders and their families.
This is a tradition in the presidential campaign process. Jeb Bush’s secret weapon in his potential White House bid is his wife of 40 years, Columba Bush, supporters of the former Florida governor say. Columba, who would be the nation’s first. Far from the top-secret, covert intelligence asset the FBI has depicted him as, Stefan Halper is a longtime, well-known CIA operative, with ties to the Bush family and a shady past.
Former President George W. Bush picked his predecessor's brain twice a year during his second term in the White House, former President Bill Clinton revealed on Monday.
George W. Bush, America’s 43rd President (), was transformed into a wartime President in the aftermath of the airborne terrorist attacks on September 11, , facing the “greatest.