TRIALS: Practicing on Ellsberg

Long before they were caught trying to bug Democratic headquarters in Washington, the Watergate conspirators were apparently getting plenty of practice at breaking and entering. During the trial of Daniel Ellsberg last week, a memo from the Justice Department was handed to U.S. District Judge William Matthew Byrne. It disclosed that two of the convicted Watergate conspirators—G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt—had broken into the office of a psychiatrist to obtain files dealing with Ellsberg. A grim-faced Byrne ordered the document revealed to the defense. Then he told the prosecution that...

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