The Watergate Conspiracy

The story of the Watergate political break-in. And the devastating result that led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon in 1974. And beyond.

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4. Political Games-Part Three

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Quote: "Had the Senate...or House...or both...censured or warned Richard Nixon, the tragedy of Watergate might have been prevented; hopefully the Senate won't sit by while even more serious abuses unfold before it", unquote-John Dean, (John Wesley Dean III-October 14, 1938-), senior White House official.

I

Woodward and Bernstein started to gel when they received news of someone called "Deep Throat​" who would tell him news of the illegal activity that was happening in the White House, namely the bugging of President Richard Nixon's enemies. The source would tell Woodward in the early hours of the morning tales of the burglars, and other important events that spread across America...and in Washington, DC. Bernstein, (February 14, 1944-), interviewed a lot of people with Woodward in 1972 concerning the Watergate scandal. They attended the court hearings in which the burglars were celebrities for their crimes decades before the modern, 21st 24 hours a day news cycle was formed.

II

Bernard Barker grew up in Havana, Cuba. By 1935, (four years before World War II), he was a citizen of America. During World War II, Barker enrolled in the United States Air Force. Soon he was in Germany fighting Adolf Hitler in Europe. Barker was a POW in Stalag Luft I. In the end, he came back to Cuba where he worked for Rubén Zaldívar-(January 16, 1901 – August 6, 1973); Barker was recruited by the United States Government as a double agent for the Central Intelligence Agency, (CIA); Barker was involved in the Bay of Pigs invasion, (which President John F. Kennedy was concerned about in the 1960's). A decade before Watergate happened, Barker was named as someone who was responsible with Kennedy's assassination that was apart from Marxist sympathiser, Lee Harvey Oswald. There's no direct connection that Barker was involved in Kennedy's tragic death at the young age of forty-six in Dallas, Texas. Over the decades, there's been a lot of conspiracy theorists who have written about the Kennedy family's, and books and movies like 'JFK​', Oliver Stone, 1991), have added to the dramatic new view of the assassination. In short, Barker's expertise came to the attention of President Richard Nixon. And, when he met the other people, the stage was set for total chaos.

III

​Barker, who knew Mafia boss, Santo Trafficante, Jr., (November 15, 1914 – March 17, 1987), was one of the "Plumbers", (a group name for the burglars); by September, 1971, Barker broke into the office of Daniel Ellsberg's office in Los Angeles, California. Ellsberg, (April 7, 1931-), was a military analyst who worked for the RAND Corporation. He was educated at Cranbrook School, (after spending time in Detroit); he was scarred by a car accident that killed his mother and sister, (in July, 1946). He attended Harvard College, (where he majored in economics in 1952). Then, by  1954, he attended Harvard, then joined the UNMC, (United States Marine Corps). After his military service, Ellsberg's military service came to an end by 1957. By 1962, he studied for an economics Ph.D. By August of 1964, Ellison worked for United States Secretary of Defence, Robert McNamara...and Governor John McNaughton, (November 21, 1921 – July 19, 1967); McNaughton's death in a plane crash was tragic. He was only forty-five years old. He travelled to Vietnam in 1967; he came back to America and worked for Major-General Edward 'Geary' Landsdale, (February 6, 1908 – February 23, 1987); Lansdale received the Distinguished Services Medal, (1963), and worked for the CIA, as well as the Office of Strategic Services, (OSS). By 1967-68, Ellsberg complied a series documents about the Vietnam War which were called 'The Pentagon Papers'; the documents were so sensitive that President Nixon wanted to get them back...at all cost, to limit the political fallout. Ellsberg's disaffection towards the Vietnam War grew by August of that year. By 1970, he wanted to share the papers to Arkansas Democrat J. William Fulbright, (April 9, 1905 – February 9, 1995), and Democrat George Stanley McGovern, (July 19, 1922 – October 21, 2012). By 1972, McGovern would fail to become President of the United States during the election that continued the Presidency of Richard Milhous Nixon. Ellsberg wanted the Institute for Policy Studies, (IPS) to look at the papers. But they declined. Neil Sheehan, a reporter for ​The New York Times​, (October 27, 1936-), begun to publish exerts from the papers. With Sheehan's experience in Vietnam, the Nixon Presidency wanted the papers-at all cost. By Sunday, June 13, 1971, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI), wanted Ellsberg. He contacted ​The Washington Post​, (and several more newspapers); (this was before the Age of the Internet, and social media in the nineteen seventies). By July 30, 1971, the United States Supreme Court was in agreement with the newspapers that it was in America's public interest that the media story could be free to continue), landing a blow to the Nixon Administration. 

IV

By June 30, 1971, Alaska Democrat Mike Gravel, (May 13, 1930-), received over four thousand of the papers. And, as he did so, infuriated the Nixon Administration. Gravel was in power from 1969 to 1981. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He wanted an end to the United States Draft during the Vietnam War; he was the Alaska House Speaker of the House. Gravel arrived in America as a United States Senator, (1968). By 1972, he wanted to be the new Vice-President candidate.

He lost.

V

Ellison gave the papers to ​The Washington Post ​editor, Ben Haig Bagdikian, (January 30, 1920 – March 11, 2016). Bagdikian was a Professor, media critic for the news, and journalist. In the Oval Office, President Richard Nixon had tapes of his enemies, that led to his paranoia over any politician who threatened him. By June 14, 1971, Nixon was with H. R. Haldeman, (October 27, 1926 – November 12, 1993); Haldeman was the President's White House Chief of Staff. His parents were successful people. He was educated in various universities before his marriage to Joanne Horton, (1949), after World War II; he was then links to John Ehrlichman, (March 20, 1925 – February 14, 1999), who was part of the Watergate scandal, with Ronald Ziegler, (May 12, 1939 – February 10, 2003); Ziegler was the White House Press Secretary during the Nixon Administration. Within the years 1971 to 1972, the strain of political life would explode into a firestorm...that wouldn't go out in the year's to come.

 

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