Opinion Watergate mastermind G. Gordon Liddy dies at age 90
Rumor: Celtics considered frontrunners for Aaron Gordon
Could the Celtics be zeroing in on the wing that they’ve been looking for?According to Matt Moore of the Action network, the Celtics could be in prime position to land him.
G. Gordon Liddy, the former FBI official who helped orchestrate the 1972 break-in at the Watergate complex under orders from President Richard Nixon, has died at the age of 90.
Liddy died on Tuesday at his daughter's home in Fairfax County, Virginia,, which said his son, Thomas P. Liddy, confirmed the death but did not comment on a cause other than to say it was not related to COVID-19.
Instantly recognizable with his bushy mustache and immortalized as thefor his silence during the Watergate scandal, Liddy was a polarizing figure in American politics who served more than four years in prison for his role in the raid of the Democratic National Committee headquarters.
G. Gordon Liddy, Watergate mastermind, dies at 90
“I’d do it again for my president,” he said years later. After his release, Liddy became a popular, often provocative radio talk show host. He also worked as a security consultant, writer and actor.Liddy was outspoken and controversial, both as a political operative under Nixon and as a radio personality. Liddy recommended assassinating political enemies, bombing a left-leaning think tank and kidnapping war protesters. His White House colleagues ignored such suggestions.One of his ventures — the break-in at Democratic headquarters at the Watergate building in June 1972 — was approved.
His story, inexorably intertwined with Nixon's, has taken on renewed significance in recent years as another president, Donald Trump, faces an impeachment inquiry and is consistently compared to "Tricky Dick" for the controversies he faces and his aggressive tactics employed to attack political rivals and the press.
In the later part of his life, Liddy wrote an autobiography about his life and work for Nixon, spent two decades as a talk show radio host, and made appearances in movies and popular TV shows.
Liddy was born in Brooklyn on Nov. 30, 1930, and wasGeorge Gordon Battle, a New York lawyer who became a Tammany Hall leader. His father, Sylvester, was also a lawyer.
Liddy graduated from Fordham University before serving two years as an Army artillery officer in the Korean War. After being honorably discharged, Liddy returned to New York City and attended Fordham Law School.
G. Gordon Liddy, convicted Watergate conspirator, dies at 90
G. Gordon Liddy -- a former FBI agent, organizer of the Watergate break-in and radio show host -- has died at age 90, his son confirmed to CNN. © Ed Reinke/AP Convicted Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy gestures as he speaks to a capacity audience at Xavier University, Dec. 11, 1980, in Cincinnati. A small group of students demonstrated outside the auditorium prior to Liddy's speech, protesting the use of student funds to pay for his appearance. Liddy died Tuesday morning in Mt.
Liddy joined the FBI in 1957, and worked as an agent for roughly five years under J. Edgar Hoover, and around this time got married to Frances Ann Purcell. After resigning from the bureau, Liddy returned to New York City to work as a lawyer and during the 1960s ran unsuccessfully for district attorney and a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In the early 1970s, Liddy took on roles in the Nixon administration and became one of the president's top lieutenants as a member of the "Plumbers," a secretive White House group created in response to the publication of the Pentagon Papers.
In the summer of 1972, after Liddy became general counsel to Nixon's reelection campaign, he was ordered to plan the break-in at the DNC headquarters housed in the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. He and former CIA official Howard Hunt were in a room in the nearby Watergate Hotel, set up to be a listening post, when five burglars were apprehended attempting to replace a faulty wiretap.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Remembers 10 Things I Hate About You and Heath Ledger on Movie's Anniversary
10 Things I Hate About You starred the late Heath Ledger in his breakout role
Although he and Hunt evaded authorities, Liddy was convicted of conspiracy, burglary, and wiretapping for his role in the raid and was sentenced to 20 years in prison and dealt $40,000 in fines. But he only served about four and a half years behind bars when President Jimmy Carterhis sentence, citing "equity and fairness" compared to his co-defendants in the Watergate case.
Liddy published a best-selling autobiography in 1980, titled Will, in which he offered insight into his life and work for Nixon, including discussions about assassinating columnist Jack Anderson, who had published embarrassing stories about Nixon. He also opened up about his refusal to talk during the Watergate investigations and his loyalty to Nixon, who resigned in August 1974 in the face of almost certain impeachment. "I had, at least, the knowledge that my silence had helped bring him more than two additional years as president,".
In the years that followed Liddy became a lecturer, the host of a popular nationally syndicated conservative radio show, and author of several books. He also acted in films and TV shows, including Miami Vice and MacGyver.
Three things to know: Does Aldridge to Nets, Drummond to Lakers move championship needle?
Griffin and Aldrige are big names in Brooklyn, but they are not the team's best big men off the bench.The rich got richer in the NBA at the buyout deadline. Major market contenders — the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers — added the biggest name players on the cheap on this year’s buyout market.
Liddy had five children with his wife Frances and at least 12 grandchildren. Francesin 2010.
Tags:, , , ,
Recap: Nuggets blow out Pistons, win 134-119 .
Nikola Jokic registered another double-double, and the Nuggets won their sixth straight as the continue to roll since the Aaron Gordon trade.Nikola Jokic continued his MVP season with a 27 point, 11 assist, 8 rebound performance in 26 minutes. Michael Porter Jr. chipped in 25 points, with Will Barton adding 24 points, as the team set a new season-high for total points.