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The undercover agent who tried to bug the DNC headquarters at Watergatewhich led to Nixon's downfallhas died

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 31 Mar 2021


<p><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/60643cc021887500193e8506-2400/GettyImages-514865698.jpg" border="0" alt="Gordon Liddy" data-mce-source="Bettmann / Contributor" data-mce-caption="Former White House aide G. Gordon Liddy after pleading Not Guilty of breaking into Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel."></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>The undercover agent convicted for his role in the Watergate conspiracy has died.</p><p>G. Gordon Liddy, a former FBI agent, was convicted of conspiracy, burglary, and illegal wiretapping for his role in the Watergate break-in.</p><p>He was part of a team of Republican operatives under President Richard Nixon and was tasked with gathering intelligence that could undermine Nixon's Democratic opponents.</p><p>But the break-in of the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate building in June 1972 to bug the place failed, leading to an investigation and Nixon's resignation.</p><p>Liddy spent four years and four months in prison, according to the AP.</p><p>Liddy's son, Thomas P. Liddy, confirmed his death to <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/gordon-liddy-dead/2021/03/30/4d50c40c-91ae-11eb-a74e-1f4cf89fd948_story.html'utm_source=twitter&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=wp_politics">The Washington Post</a>. He did not give a cause of death, but said it was not&nbsp;related to COVID-19.&nbsp;</p><p>Gordon Liddy has said that he was proud of his role in Watergate, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/30/g-gordon-liddy-dead-90-watergate-nixon-talkshow-host">the AP reported</a>. He once said: "I am proud of the fact that I am the guy who did not talk."</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/gordon-liddy-dead-watergate-bugging-attempt-nixon-downfall-2021-3#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/what-its-like-to-do-your-own-taxes-for-the-very-first-time-2018-2">July 15 is Tax Dayhere's what it's like to do your own taxes for the very first time</a></p>
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