Time Essay: Words from Watergate

Wilson: How do you know that, Mr. Chairman?

Ervin: Because I can understand the English language. It is my mother tongue.

Yes, but Lawyer John Wilson's clients, John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman, are also children of that mother tongue. And so are Caulfield and Dean, Odle and Porter, Mitchell and Magruder, and virtually every other Watergate witness. Those witnesses are a peculiar group of siblings, obedient to every authority except that of their parent language.

Even with the admission of tapes, no one will ever master the entire vocabulary or thought processes of the...

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