A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 30, 1973

EVERYONE wishes that Watergate had never happened—the press very much included. Yet, without smugness, it must be said that most of the dramatic and disturbing revelations of the Watergate affair would never have occurred without energetic digging by the press. Some of the more important disclosures, in fact, were made by TIME as a result of diligent reporting by correspondents in our 21-man Washington bureau. Correspondent David Beckwith, while covering the trial of the Watergate Seven, landed the only interview granted by confessed Wiretapper E. Howard Hunt. TIME was first to reveal Hunt's...

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