The Nation: Could the President's Tapes Be Altered?

Since President Nixon agreed to hand over the Watergate tapes, a consuming question in Washington has been whether tapes can be altered without detection. The answer is a qualified yes. The right man with enough time and with access to the original tape recorder could, in the opinion of audio experts, make substantial changes that would defy detection.

There is no reason to assume that the Watergate tapes have been tampered with; that would be a major undertaking. Most experts believe that the necessary know-how could not be found in the U.S. Government, not...

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