POLITICS: The Bugs at the Watergate

IT was just a strip of masking tape, but it is fast stretching into the most provocative caper of 1972, an extraordinary bit of bungling of great potential advantage to the Democrats and damage to the Republicans in this election year.

Walking his late-night rounds at Washington's Watergate office building, a security guard spotted the tape blocking the bolt on a basement door. He removed it—but on his return a few minutes later he found the lock taped open again. He called police, and a three-man squad found two more taped locks—as well...

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