His Loyal Staff

"One big fat pain in the ass," is how Secretary of State Alexander Haig raged about leaks, at a private meeting of his staff last June.

"Too much stuff [is] coming out of the department." If he only knew what was to follow. Notes taken at nearly two dozen private sessions with his senior staff found their way to Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward and last week ended up splashed on the paper's front page.

As recorded by the anonymous notetaker, the private Haig is, well, candid in commenting about some of the people he deals with. On former Secretary of...

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