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FTR #41 Donald Nixon, Robert Vesco, et al

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This pro­gram high­lights the rela­tion­ship between fugi­tive financier and U.S. intel­li­gence asset Robert Vesco and two gen­er­a­tions of the Nixon fam­i­ly. Don­ald Nixon (the pres­i­den­t’s nephew) was detained in Cuba in con­nec­tion with his rela­tion­ship with Vesco (who is in Cuba and who was inves­ti­gat­ed by Cuban author­i­ties in con­nec­tion with alleged vio­la­tions of Cuban secu­ri­ty reg­u­la­tions.) The Nixon fam­i­ly-Vesco con­nec­tion goes back a long way. In addi­tion to his ille­gal con­tri­bu­tions to Richard Nixon’s re-elec­tion cam­paign, Vesco was involved in a scheme to man­u­fac­ture auto­mat­ic weapons for use by fas­cist ele­ments in Latin Amer­i­ca. In this oper­a­tion, Vesco worked with ele­ments of U.S. intel­li­gence and orga­nized crime. The abort­ed oper­a­tion was inex­tri­ca­bly linked with a drug traf­fick­ing milieu. (Record­ed in the fall of 1995.)