Henry Vinson: Scapegoat – Part 2

The government’s cover up and also its scapegoating of me wouldn’t have been possible without an assist from the media, specifically the Washington Post. Ironically, the conservative Washington Times sincerely attempted to shed a light on the tsunami of corruption and malfeasance that would overwhelmed me by a series of articles that illuminated the blackmail operation of DC powerbroker Craig Spence who utilized my escorts to compromise our country’s elite.

On June 30th, 1989, the Washington Times launched a story about Craig Spence’s blackmail enterprise that was complemented by a banner headline: “Power Broker Served Drugs, Sex At Parties Bugged For Blackmail.” The article’s first sentence certainly summed up some of my experiences with Spence: “Craig J. Spence, an enigmatic figure who threw glittery parties for key officials of the Reagan and Bush administrations, media stars and top military officers, bugged the gatherings to compromise guests and spent up to $20,000 a month on male prostitutes, according to friends, acquaintances and records.”

The article quoted various sources who were cognizant of Spence’s DC home being wired for clandestine surveillance. Three of the people in the know included a “former bodyguard,” a former “Reagan administration official,” and a “friend” of Spence’s who discussed Spence “spying on guests” through the eight-foot two-way mirror in his living room. The article quoted a fourth individual, a “business associate” of Spence’s, who said of Spence: “He was taping and blackmailing people.”

The article also alluded to Spence’s CIA connections, noting a “businessman” who dealt with Spence told reporters that Spence often bragged that he worked for the CIA. Spence would tell Washington Times reporters that the CIA employed him, and the newspaper would eventually have intelligence sources confirm that Spence was indeed a CIA asset. Moreover, Spence later told the Washington Times that “friendly” intelligence agents had installed the blackmail equipment in his home.

The Washington Times articles on Spence validated that he spent up to $20,000 a month for escorts, his home was wired for blackmail, Secret Service agents moonlighted as his bodyguards, and at least one Secret Service agent gave Spence late night access to the White House with an escort in tow. The newspaper confirmed many of the events that I had witnessed firsthand.

The Washington Times eventually named a number of the powerbrokers who attended Spence’s soirées. His guests were a veritable who’s who from the media and politics. Media pundits such as Eric Sevareid, Ted Koppel, and William Safire were in attendance at Spence’s parties. High-flying politicians—including Senators John Glenn of Ohio and Frank Murkowski of Alaska—attended his get-togethers too. Spence’s home was also a lure for various Republican movers and shakers, attracting former ambassadors Robert Neumann, Elliott Richardson, and James Lilly. Then-CIA Director William Casey and John Mitchell, the disgraced former attorney general under Richard Nixon, were personal friends of Spence who frequented his soirées.

Although Spence’s home was a magnet for D.C. elites, I don’t necessarily think everyone who graced his parties was compromised. But on the other hand, many of Spence’s partygoers were lubricated on alcohol before they had illicit drugs and a wide variety of sexual playmates, including children, dangled in front of them. If his partygoers succumbed to their temptations, they were undoubtedly compromised. An individual merely discussing illegal activities in Spence’s home—like me—had the potential to be compromised.