As it apparently must to all men who consider themselves high in the confidence of Richard M. Nixon, the revelation came last week to William Safire, longtime Nixon speechwriter and now a columnist for the New York Times, that his phone had been tapped.* It filled him with what he called "restrained fury."

"I did not knock myself loose for Mr. Nixon in 1959 and 1960," he wrote, "and cast my lot with him through the long, arid comeback years of 1965 through 1968 to have him—or some lizard-lidded paranoid acting in his name without his approval—eavesdropping on my conversations."


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