Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) The Democratic National Committee Headquarters in the Watergate Hotel was burglarized here in the Nation's Capital on June 17, 1972.Five intruders were arrested. They included...
James McCord*, Frank Sturgis, Bernard Barker, Virgilio Gonzalez, and
Eugenio Martinez. Three of the five burglars were Cuban exiles and one was a Cuban-American.
The Constitution Daily writes...
"The burglars used tape to hold open the latches on door locks at the DNC office. A sharp-eyed guard, Frank Wills, saw the tape and called police."
The reason for the break-in was to assure President Nixon's re-election in 1972 by collecting information to sabotage the Democratic presidential campaign.
Ron Zeigler, President Nixon's press secretary, referred to the incident on June 19, 1972 as a "third-rate burglary."
As a result of the investigation by the Senate Select Committee on Watergate, President Nixon was forced to resign on August 9, 1974.
*James Walter McCord, Jr. was born in 1924 in Waurika, Oklahoma & educated at Baylor, the University of Texas & George Washington University.
JWM served in the USAF Reserve and the Central Intelligence Agency where he directed, in 1961, a counter-intelligence program against the Fair Play for Cuba Committee of which Lee Harvey Oswald was a member.