The ringleader was a guy named Bill Davidon, professor at Haverford College.
According to the source cited above, he met with Henry Kissinger
at the White House two days before. Kissinger was convinced to meet with him
and two other peace activists by the actions of a street protestor named Brian McDonald who conducted a lengthy hunger strike in front of the White
House. If you can believe it, actress Shirley MaClaine
was the one who encouraged Kissinger to meet with the peaceniks. Even more incredibly,
Davidon had been accused by the FBI the previous January of being involved in a conspiracy to kidnap Henry Kissinger and to bomb tunnels under
federal buildings in Washington
Which was apparently a good thing, because being an unindicted conspirator in that case kept him from being questioned by the FBI, since he was
suspect #1, having boasted of his involvement in the break-in in a front page article in the Delaware County Daily Times five days later. (The
Justice Department's reasoning was they didn't want to confuse him with other charges while he was answering questions about the Kissinger kidnapping
"BETTY MEDSGER: Yes, and that relates to the case that I was just talking about. The FBI was prepared to go after Bill Davidon very, very seriously.
And the Justice—when the Justice Department found out about this, they put out an order that he should not be questioned
—no questioning of
Bill Davidon—which was quite amazing
, given his situation and the fact that he was the leader of the group. And that went into effect. And
for the entire length of the investigation, Bill was never questioned by the FBI."
Amazing? I would call it in-credible, meaning, simply not believable. So it does sound like these burglars were given a "pass" by the powers that
be. I am wondering if the covert operators set the whole thing up?
I wonder what the names of the three burglars* are that didn't come forward: Hunt, Sturgis, or McCord, maybe?
*(There were eight in all involved in the plot. Only five allowed themselves to be identified 42 years later.)
No one in the media contacted by the group wanted to touch the stolen docs, until the crusading editor Ben Bradlee at the Washington Post convinced
publisher Katherine Graham to run with the story--on the front page. It's deja vu all over again!
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