James W. McCord Jr., Who Led the Watergate Break-In, Is Dead at 93
April 18, 2019
James W. McCord Jr., a security expert who led a band of burglars into the shambles of the Watergate scandal and was the first to expose the White House crimes and cover-ups that precipitated the downfall of the Nixon administration in 1974, died on June 15, 2017, at his home in Douglassville, Pa. He was 93. The death went unreported by local and national news organizations at the time. It was apparently first reported by the London-based writer and filmmaker Shane O’Sullivan in his book “Dirty Tricks: Nixon, Watergate, and the CIA,” published last year. READ MORE
Watergate conspirator James McCord Jr. died two years ago. His death was never announced
April 18, 2019
James W. McCord Jr., a retired CIA employee who was convicted as a conspirator in the Watergate burglary and later linked the 1972 break-in to the White House in revelations that helped end the presidency of Richard M. Nixon, died June 15, 2017, at his home in Douglassville, Pa. He was 93. The cause was pancreatic cancer, according to his death certificate obtained at the Berks County Register of Wills office in Reading, Pa. Mr. McCord’s death was first reported in “Dirty Tricks,” a 2018 history of the Watergate investigation by filmmaker Shane O’Sullivan. READ MORE
Why we still need to know more about Paul Manafort’s misdeeds, even after the Mueller report
MARCH 25, 2019
While the special counsel could not establish collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in its hacking of Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee emails, questions remain about the ties between President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Russian actors during the 2016 election...Manafort’s case recalls the dramatic fall from grace of John Mitchell, Richard M. Nixon’s campaign director during the 1968 and 1972 elections. At the height of the Watergate crisis, Nixon encouraged Mitchell to “step forward” and take the blame to protect the White House, hinting at a future pardon — the motive some ascribe to Manafort’s refusal to “flip” on Trump. READ MORE
Michael Cohen’s testimony exposed a direct parallel between Trump and Watergate
MARCH 6, 2019
The delayed sentencing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn — for lying to investigators about “sensitive matters” discussed with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the Trump presidential transition — leaves unanswered questions about alleged collusion between Flynn and the Russians during the 2016 campaign. It also evokes parallels with another former national security adviser, Richard Allen. Allen played a leading role in the Anna Chennault affair, a secret plan formed by Richard Nixon’s campaign to collude with the South Vietnamese government during the 1968 presidential campaign and sabotage Vietnam peace talks in Paris to ensure a Nixon victory. READ MORE
The national security adviser who colluded with foreign powers — decades before Michael Flynn
December 26, 2018
The delayed sentencing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn — for lying to investigators about “sensitive matters” discussed with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the Trump presidential transition — leaves unanswered questions about alleged collusion between Flynn and the Russians during the 2016 campaign. It also evokes parallels with another former national security adviser, Richard Allen. Allen played a leading role in the Anna Chennault affair, a secret plan formed by Richard Nixon’s campaign to collude with the South Vietnamese government during the 1968 presidential campaign and sabotage Vietnam peace talks in Paris to ensure a Nixon victory. READ MORE
dirty tricks review 
December 10, 2018
Richard Nixon. Watergate. The CIA. Cuban burglars. Put them all together, and you have the makings of a story that still resists easy explanation. Documentary filmmaker O’Sullivan (Who Killed Bobby?: The Unsolved Murder of Robert F. Kennedy, 2008), whose earlier work has concentrated on the assassinations of Kennedy family members, turns to the role of the intelligence community in the events now collectively known as Watergate...O’Sullivan’s theories aren’t exactly definitive, but he offers intriguing possibilities in this consistently surprising book. READ MORE
The Cuban spy and Watergate burglar who won a presidential pardon 
December 3, 2018
In anticipation of the Mueller report, political commentators and historians have drawn numerous parallels with Watergate and the impeachment proceedings against President Richard M. Nixon. A month after Nixon’s resignation in August 1974, President Gerald R. Ford pardoned him. But history has forgotten the only other man granted a presidential pardon for his role in the Watergate crimes, and why the pardon was given. READ MORE
WATERGATE: DIRTY TRICKS, AN OCTOBER SURPRISE, AND THE CIA
NOVEMBER 30, 2018
With the news cycle of late nearly engulfed by the questions — and spy games — swirling around “Russiagate,” taking a fresh look at Watergate could be an especially worthwhile endeavor. Luckily, revisiting the rise and fall of President Richard Nixon is exactly what Shane O’Sullivan does for us in his new book, Dirty Tricks: Nixon, Watergate and the CIAO’Sullivan — Jeff Schechtman’s guest in this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast, and an author/filmmaker whose previous work has dug into the Kennedy assassinations — takes us beyond the popular Woodward-and-Bernstein Hollywood scenario, revealing instead the deepest workings of Nixon’s cronies. From the Anna Chennault affair and the Ellsberg break-in to Watergate and the CIA, the author provides new information in a number of areas. READ MORE

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