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The date is June 17th 1972 Night has fallen and the streets of the city are silent Five men dressed in suits have just broken into Watergate the Democratic headquarters Their intent is to bug the DNC directors phone McQuaid 181-182 Suddenly the lights flash on Hiding behind desks trying to still their breathing they wait But it is to no avail for they are caught The great presidential scandal known as Watergate happened something like that but it started out as much less and became much much more The US was in the midst of the Vietnam War Reports of bombings in Cambodia reached the New York Times through a leak in the White House President Nixon became worried and had four reporters and thirteen government officials secretly tapped for a period of over 22 months Kilian 8 In the summer of 1971 the White House sent agents to break into Daniel Ellsbergs office at the Brookings Institute Ellsberg had been responsible for the release of what are now known as the Pentagon Papers which revealed the involvement of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson in the Vietnam War 11 To discredit Ellsberg Nixon set up a group known as the Plumbers The group included Howard Hunt an ex-CIA operative and G Gordon Liddy an ex- FBI agent The Plumbers hired Bernard L Barker Eugenio R Martinez and Felipe de Diego to break into Ellsbergs psychiatrist Dr Lewis Fieldings office to find incriminating information on Ellsberg Their ploy failed 12 Nixon then started using the Plumbers to spy on the Democrats because of his fear of not being re-elected They used childish tricks to turn the public against the Democratic candidates for President 14 The tricks did not work well enough Then Liddy came up with a brilliant plan in March of 1972 They would tap the phones at the headquarters of Larry OBrien Democratic Party chairman The plan was accepted 17 On May 28th 1972
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