Haldeman: The next day we met at ten o'clock, and I took the notes down. It didn't quite fill two pages, double- spaced, and that was the agreement we struck for a $240 million business. We sold 51 percent of the company, and I was managing it for them. Swent: When exactly was this, Bob? Haldeman: It was between January and February of 1964. That memo was given to the president, and they immediately made a press release of the results of the agreements with the three companies. He said, "I have drafted legislation that I needed enacted to make these things become effective." Swent: These three companies were all announced simultaneously? Haldeman: Yes. The word leaked out a little bit, but then the president went over national radio. Swent: And you had heard what the results of the other two meetings were? Haldeman: The next day, when the president went over the radio, the phones started to jingle. Anaconda called up: "You s.o.b.'s. You dirty so-and-so's." Bob Koenig called up and said, "Congratulations. I think it was brilliant. I should have thought of it myself; I could have gotten some cash out of this investment." [laughter] Anaconda was furious. Swent: Had you been aware of what Anaconda and Koenig had done? Haldeman: Yes. Chile is a large country, relatively speaking, but it's a small one--Peyton Place; you know what that means. Swent: How had you heard? Haldeman: There are leaks of information all over the place. It's very hard to keep a secret in Chile. I knew in general what they were talking about. Swent: Was there a club where you met people and this sort of gossip was circulated? Haldeman: No. A fellow like Mr. Illanes and some of the Chilean supervisors that I raised up into key positions have an awful lot more information sources than a foreigner. They pick it up at cocktail parties. It leaks around. Then they can report to me. I needed those; I didn't have the ears. My intelligence service. Everybody had it. Swent: I was just wondering if there was a country club or a downtown club. Haldeman: No, nothing like that. Oh, there are, but usually they don't leak it to you there. They wouldn't have said anything to us. Of course, it took them by surprise; it took everybody by complete surprise. It was very bold and very good. At that time Michaelson and I were talking, and we came to the conclusion that this would probably last two administrations- -Frei and the following. Twelve years. Swent: They never gave you credit for having thought of this? Haldeman: Let's wait until a little later to talk about that.
Abandoned barracks at the ghost town of Sewell, Chile