Plumbers Break In

Richard Nixon arrives in Moscow and is toasting Soviet leaders at a dinner. On the same day, the CIA “Cuban contingent” arrives in Washington, D.C. from Miami: Bernard Barker, Frank Sturgis, Eugenio Martinez, and Virgilio Gonzalez. They are in D.C. purportedly to carry out a “first break-in” on the following weekend of Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate with G. Gordon Liddy, CIA’s E. Howard Hunt, and CIA’s James McCord. Barker and Hunt meet at the Mullen public relations firm in Washington, D.C., where E. Howard Hunt worked. Barker had flown with his men to Washington to attend the dinner. After meeting with Hunt, Barker then briefed the other men about the burglary plans. Barker told Virgilio González, the locksmith recruited by Barker and Hunt for the burglary, what they were to do after dinner. G. Gordon Liddy had recruited James McCord as an electronics expert because McCord had “a background as a tech in the Central Intelligence Agency” and also had a background “in the FBI. They planned to place electronic bugs: “to place a tap on the telephone in the office of Lawrence O’Brien and to place a room monitoring device in the office of Lawrence O’Brien. And a phone “that was identified as belonging to Mr. Spencer Oliver” (Chairman of the Association of Democratic State Chairmen).