DO YOU THINK THAT KISSINGER HIMSELF PERHAPS WAS PULLING ALL OF THOSE
NEGOTIATIONS MORE AND MORE INTO HIS OWN PRIVATE BACK CHANNELS, AS IT WERE? DID THAT MAKE IT MORE
DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON?
I have the best reasons to know that Kissinger was very good agent, a
first-class agent, but that the leader of American foreign policy was Nixon. I'm one of the very
few who had conversations the two men, and no other, and I can tell you that much. The
decisions were taken at the highest rank. Kissinger, again, was the best possible agent, and
then Secretary of State, that Nixon could have. But the top man was, and remained Nixon. And
Nixon undoubtedly had a much more open mind towards Europe than Kissinger, and each time
Pompidou met Nixon, and even each time I, who was not, who was only number two, each time I met
Nixon, I knew far more about the, those kinds of negotiations, than that Nixon had that men
Kissinger had said.