The Story of E. Howard Hunt
Cord Meyer, himself was a rather favored member of the eastern aristocracy. He was a graduate of Yale University and had joined the Marine Corps during the war, and lost an eye in the Pacific fighting.
I think that L.B.J. settled on Meyer as an opportunist / paren (like himself) a paren and a man who had very little left to him in life, ever since J.F.K. had taken Cord's wife as one of his mistresses.
I would suggest that Cord Meyer welcomed the approach from L.B.J., who was after all, only the Vice-President at that time, and of course could not number Cord Meyer among J.F.K.'s admirers. Quite the contrary.
As for Dave Phillips, I knew him pretty well at one time. He worked for me during the Guatemala project. He had made himself useful to the Agency in Santiago, Chile, where he was an American businessman. In any case his actions, whatever they were, came to the attention of the Santiago Station Chief, and when his resume became known to people in the Western Hemisphere Division, he was brought in to work on Guatemalan operations.
Sturgis and Morales, and people of that ilk, stayed in apartment houses during preparations for the big event. Their addresses were very subject to change. So that where a fella like Morales had been one day, you'd not necessarily associate him with that same address the following day. In short it was a very mobile experience.
Let me point out at this point, that if I had wanted to fictionalize what went on in Miami and elsewhere during the run up for the big event, I would have done so.
But I don't want any unreality to tinge this particular story - or the information, I should say. I was a 'benchwarmer' on it and I had a reputation for honesty.
I think it's essential to refocus on what this information that I have been providing you - and you alone, by the way - consists of. What is important in the story is that we've backtracked the chain-of-command up through Cord Meyer, and laying the doings at the doorstep of L.B.J.
He, in my opinion, had an almost maniacal urge to become President. He regarded J.F.K. as - as he was in fact - an obstacle to achieving that. He could have waited for J.F.K. to finish out his term and then undoubtedly a second term.
So that would have put L.B.J. at the head of a long list of people who were waiting for some change in the Executive Branch.