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Dirty Trickster, Corporate Spy

A Watergate Saboteur Switches from Disrupting Campaigns to Spying on Employees

By: Martin D. Kelly

Price: CAD $27.95

Publisher: Strategic Media Books

Imprint: Strategic Media Books

410 Pages

6 X 9 ins

ISBN:  9781939521712 -- Paperback

Publication Date: 08/16/2018

Not until Dirty Trickster, Corporate Spy will a memoir exist by one of the principal Watergate saboteurs-provocateurs that exposes the full extent of the insalubrious side of political "negative campaigning."

Among numerous dirty trick schemes, Kelly conspired with convicted Watergate figure Donald Segretti to totally disrupt a fundraising dinner for Senator Ed Muskie at the Washington Hilton; hired a University of Miami coed to strip naked and parade before Muskie's hotel; released two mice and a bird that threw a Muskie press conference into a panic; created havoc at Democratic campaign events and headquarters; organized fake luncheons, press releases and other treacherous acts. The aim of the Nixon White House and Committee to Reelect the President was for the dirty trickster to sow discontent among the Democratic primary candidates and to blame each other for the dirty tricks so as to make it more difficult for them to unite in the general election against Nixon. The author was one of only three witnesses who testified specifically about dirty tricks before the Senate Watergate Committee (SWC).

Chapters detail how dirty tricks were planned and executed, how Kelly dealt with special prosecutors, investigators, Watergate Judge John Sirica, the FBI, an inebriated Senator Ted Kennedy, the Senators on the Senate Watergate Committee, Bernstein and Woodward, Lesley Stahl and others in the media.


Martin D. Kelly "retired" from politics after the Watergate fiasco and became an investigator. Kelly started his own security firm in 1980 with three offices in south Florida. After selling the security firm (while remaining a private consultant), he became Director of Resort & Marina operations at Holiday Isle Resort in the Florida Keys in the early 1990. Kelly has maintained a Florida Private Investigator license while becoming a travel journalist. In addition to still providing security-consulting services on occasion to select clients, Kelly authored two books, Florida's Fishing Legends and Pioneers, University Press of Florida, 2011; Alaska's Greatest Outdoor Legends, University of Alaska Press, 2016, with Lower 48 circulation via the University of Chicago Press), and writes freelance travel and outdoor-related articles for a variety of newspapers and magazines.



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