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destroyed many files marked “personal” at his home over the next few weeks. At Hunt’s urgent request, Bernard Barker brought the Miami crew of Cuban exiles to Washington, where they made plans to break into Hoover’s residence. But what happened to Hoover’s trove remains unknown to this day. Around this same time, in a conversation about the shooting that paralyzed Alabama governor George Wallace, Nixon suddenly flashed back to the Kennedy assassination and called the Warren Commission “the greatest hoax that has ever been perpetuated.” Somebody might have been able to ask what the president meant by that, except the tape transcript wasn’t released by the National Archives until 2002! Meantime, plans for a breakin to Lawrence O’Brien’s office at Democratic National Committee headquarters moved ahead. One of the burglars, Frank Sturgis, said Hunt told him they were looking for “a thick secret memorandum from the Castro government, addressed confidentially to the Democrats ... a long, detailed listing [of the] various attempts made to assassinate the Castro brothers.”14 The burglars were also coached to look for “anything that had to do with Howard Hughes.” On the night of June 17, five men, all using aliases, were caught red-handed inside the Watergate complex. McCord, the White House’s “Security Chief,” was booked at the jail along with Sturgis, Barker, Eugenio Martinez, and Virgilio Gonzalez. Hunt’s name was in two of the burglars’ address books and his link to the operation became known within 24 hours. He quickly left Washington. In later years, evidence came to light that McCord had likely botched the breakin intentionally. First, he went back and re-taped a garage-level door, which served as a telltale sign to the cops. McCord claimed to have removed the tape from all the doors, but actually several had been taped to stay unlocked. A few days later, all of McCord’s papers were destroyed in a fire at his home, while a CIA contract agent stood by.15 Hunt made a whole series of “mistakes,” too, surrounding the Watergate burglary. Nixon, in his Memoirs, suggested— referring to the breakin to Ellsberg’s psychiatrist’s office—that Hunt could have been “a double agent who purposely blew the operation.”16 There was also the matter of a $25,000 cashier’s check that had been deposited into the bank account of a Miami real estate company owned by burglar Barker. This check, laundered through a fund-raiser for the Committee to Re-Elect the President, was the first link connecting the burglars to the CREEP —after Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post broke the story about it. Well, it

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AMERICAN CONSPIRACIES, LIES AND DECEPTION FROM THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, JESSE VENTURA  

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