Kissinger is not a layman in intelligence warfare. He worked as an agent in the U.S. military intelligence service during World War II. In 1946, he also taught intelligence courses at the European Command School in Mount Taunus, Germany. However, Nixon and Kissinger were both famous diplomats, and their wily “wilful miscalculation” during the Vietnam War made the American media quite moved.

on July 7, the US Post disclosed that the historical documents office of the US State Department recently declassified some documents, revealing that then US President Nixon personally planned an intelligence war against the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), but he lifted a stone and hit himself in the foot. In addition, on July 2, the Nixon Presidential Library in yobalinda, California, announced that about 100000 archives during Nixon’s Administration (1969-1974) were open to the public, some of which were once top secret documents. According to the above declassified documents and relevant reports of American media, we understand how Nixon and Kissinger made this mistake in the Vietnam War.

1. Invading Cambodia and deliberately divulging secrets

American media said that American officer Jeremiah bernich recalled on December 16, 2006 that Cambodia declared neutrality during the Vietnam War, but the Vietnamese people’s Army (North Vietnamese Army) and the army of the South Vietnamese National Liberation Front (Vietnamese Communist Party) did not, Taking advantage of Cambodia’s “neutral policy”, he continued to bypass Cambodia and enter the south, capturing and killing U.S. troops and government officers and soldiers of South Vietnam (“Republic of Vietnam”). American soldiers trapped in Vietnam once complained: “we lost a lot of people on the Cambodian border, but the enemy hid in the Cambodian border and sat down to laugh at us.”

the American Public Broadcasting Corporation said that the U.S. government had known since 1966 that the Vietnam people’s army and the “southern Vietnam National Liberation Front” had field command posts in Cambodia (the United States called them “shelters”). At that time, U.S. President Johnson was afraid of causing dissatisfaction from the international community and did not dare to attack these “shelters”. However, on March 18, 1969, the Nixon Administration secretly ordered us B-52 bombers to bomb the “353 base” in Cambodia (next to Xining Province in southern Vietnam), which was the first time the US military bombed the “shelter”. On April 29, 1970, the South Vietnamese army attacked the “shelter” in Cambodia. Two days later, about 30000 US troops launched a second wave of attacks, causing about 10000 casualties in the Vietnamese Communist Party.

in fact, the invasion of Cambodia by the South Vietnamese army and the US military was an act of aggression to the letter, which was condemned by the Chinese Ministry of foreign affairs in a statement at that time.

on the official website of the Nixon Presidential Library, there is a declassified telephone record of Nixon, Kissinger and Senator John Stennis (then chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee), which is dated 16:06 on April 24, 1970. Kissinger was talking to Stennis in his office. Then Nixon called, To Stennis: “First, in these areas, the United States first carries out air operations, including the use of B-52, which only you and Senator Russell know. This is a war secret! Second, we will also consider the air raid strategy. However, this is an air operation at the border, not the mainland. There will be no ground operation against Cambodia. Even if there is a ground operation, we will let the south More and more – we trained this army. Third, we will take actions to reduce casualties only when the United States has to help Vietnam. What do you think of my opinion? ” Stennis: “very good. I fully support you.” Nixon: “we are not going to war with Cambodia. We are not going to occupy Cambodia. We are just going to win in South Vietnam.” Stennis: “we must win.” Nixon: “and to do this, we must crack down on those shelters in Cambodia.” Stennis: “this is the step you have to take in dealing with the South Vietnam War.”

however, the latest declassified documents of the historical documents office of the US State Department show that before the operation in April 1970, Nixon and Kissinger deliberately “leaked” information to North Vietnam, claiming that the US military plans to invade Cambodia is tantamount to warning North Vietnam in advance: we are going to hit you, you should pay attention. To threaten North Vietnam to withdraw from its command post in Cambodia.

merier pribono, a retired expert of the CIA, specializes in Vietnam and has worked for the CIA for 27 years. Instead, he said, North Vietnam was not as frightened as they thought. Finally, the United States actually invaded Cambodia. Nixon and Kissinger’s strategy did not achieve the goal of destroying the North Vietnam field command post in the end.

pribono said that before invading Cambodia, the United States ordered agents to provide false information to North Vietnam. Ten days before the invasion of Cambodia, CIA Director Richard Helms suggested that in order to make the false information look more real, the United States should consider sending “carefully selected” troops near the Cambodian border to make the information look “absolutely true”. But Nixon did not adopt the proposal. In addition, the subsequent invasion of the United States did not have to tell the agent first so that he could take countermeasures.

2. The blockade of the port is also “fake.”

according to the declassified documents, in 1972, Nixon and Kissinger, the political partners, also used the CIA double agents in Laos to deliberately spread a false intelligence – the US military plans to lay mines in the coastal defense of the main port cities in northern Vietnam and block the coastline of North Vietnam. Haiphong is the third largest city in northern Vietnam. It is connected with Hanoi by railway. The imported materials in the North mainly pass through Haiphong.

however, what Nixon and Kissinger did not expect was that this plan to confuse North Vietnam was also “fake and true” — on May 9, 1972, the United States really implemented a mine blockade on the coastal defense port. Puli”I have to say that when I saw these documents, I was completely stunned,” Bono said American scholars studying the Vietnam War said that it is not yet known whether this deliberately “leaked” intelligence has led to an increase in the number of casualties in the United States. However, according to pribono, no U.S. aircraft were damaged during the operation on May 9.

3. The declassified documents of the

dissidents of the Vietnamese Communist Party also showed that the CIA had planted a double agent in the decision-making circle of North Vietnam to spread false intelligence: there was a faction opposed to war with the United States in the Political Bureau of the Vietnamese Communist Party. Of course, this is nothing.

George Carver, the special assistant for Vietnam affairs of the then CIA director Helms, later revealed that the operation had poor results. In a letter to Richard white, a member of the National Security Council, Carver said: “Our plan is to convince the Hanoi leadership that the U.S. government is making secret contact with high-level dissidents in North Vietnam. Unfortunately, during the agent’s conversation with the North Vietnamese, the agent should have hinted that the information provided by a so-called American friend showed that the United States had made contact with the dissidents. However, the agent did not talk according to the prepared words, and the North Vietnamese I didn’t answer this question, and I didn’t mean to inquire. ” However, Carver also said that the dual agent’s task was indeed “very difficult”. Carver told White that it was really difficult to provide this false information in line with the appetite of the target person and make the information seem reasonable. This matter is urgent. It depends not only on God given opportunities, but also on the personal qualifications of agents. “I am particularly fascinated that these people are trying to convince the North Vietnamese that the United States is in contact with a dissident faction,” said Gareth Porter, an American historian and investigative journalist who wrote the book rejecting peace: the United States, Vietnam and the Paris Agreement In Porter’s view, this kind of play is difficult to perform, because the high-level officials in Hanoi are completely consistent in terms of war strategy. They will never believe that someone in the Central Committee is ready to surrender to the United States. Porter believes that the CIA’s plan is pure self deception. Porter said that the CIA’s self deception is common, and until now, it still exists in its daily work.

4. Nixon and Kissinger “old miscalculation”

in response to Nixon’s intelligence means on the invasion of Cambodia, American historian John Prados said that the Nixon government actually told North Vietnam that it would invade Cambodia. In this way, North Vietnam will have time to transfer the command post and prepare them for war in advance. In Prados’s view, hinting to Hanoi about the plan to invade Cambodia “may” have caused additional US casualties. In the two months before the invasion of Cambodia on April 29, 1970, casualties “increased significantly”. In May, it reached its peak. However, he did not disclose how many casualties. Prados has written several books on the Vietnam War and the CIA.

according to American historical data, in the “menu operation” from March 18, 1969 to May 26, 1970, American bombers dispatched 3875 sorties and dropped 10800 tons of bombs on the eastern border between Cambodia and Vietnam.

in Gareth Porter’s view, threatening Hanoi before invading Cambodia is bound to make North Vietnam fully prepared. If it is a raid, this consequence will not occur.

and CIA expert pribono believes that Nixon and Kissinger’s strategy is likely to cause North Vietnam to transfer the field command post a few hours before the large-scale bombing of the U.S. B-52 bomber. He also said that people do not know why North Vietnam chose such a special time to transfer, but Nixon’s warning is likely to lead to the transfer of the Vietcong command post. Pribono said with emotion that the Nixon Administration’s move was a typical “left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing”. Pribono also revealed that the two intelligence cases of invading Cambodia and blocking coastal defense were secret psychological warfare, which were personally inspired by Nixon and Kissinger. The initial plan did not come from the CIA, because the CIA documents never mentioned these two plans. Pribono said that such information was secretly disclosed to senior North Vietnamese officials by double agents, claiming that they secretly obtained such information by chance.




Nixon and Kissinger are famous diplomats. However, they “miscalculated” during the Vietnam War, which made the American media quite sigh. In other words, Kissinger is not a layman in intelligence warfare. He worked as an agent in the U.S. military intelligence service during World War II. In 1946, he also taught intelligence courses at the European Command School in Mount Taunus, Germany. The Washington Post said that the White House and Kissinger had not made any comments on the declassified documents.