Phil Houston Cited in Article About Gap in Nixon White House Tapes

Phil Houston Cited in Article About Gap in Nixon White House Tapes

The online monthly Washington Decoded earlier this month published an in-depth article about the infamous 18-1/2 minute gap in the Nixon White House tapes in 1972 — what the article called “one of Watergate’s most enduring and tantalizing mysteries.” QVerity CEO Phil Houston, who has conducted a behavioral analysis of conversations among the parties involved in the matter, is cited prominently in the article:

And then there is the very powerful “truth in a lie.” Philip Houston, a former CIA employee whose job it was to catch double agents, and recent co-author of the best-seller Spy the Lie, uses a quote from Vice President Spiro T. Agnew to explain the concept.

“I apologize for lying to you,” Agnew once said, “and I promise I won’t deceive you except in matters of this sort [emphasis added].”

As Houston explains it, a liar, without even realizing it, will often “say things that reveal what in reality he knows to be the truth.” Houston calls this phenomenon “unintended messages” or simply “truth in a lie.” In the Agnew example, the disgraced vice president was saying that he would indeed continue to lie “in matters of this sort.”  It was a revealing message buried in an otherwise truthful apology.

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