Cast of Characters Involved in Democratic Office Bugging Case
By Bart Barnes
Here is the list of principal individuals who have emerged following the attempt early Saturday to bug the Democratic National Committee headquarters.
Howard E. Hunt
Hunt's name and telephone number were listed in two address books seized by police from two of the five suspects arrested in the bugging attempt.
Hunt's consulting work at the White House involved de-classification of the Pentagon Papers and more recently, intelligence work in the area of narcotics enforcement.
Currently, Hunt is a writer with the public relations firm of Robert R. Mullen & Co., 1700 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.
Hunt lives at 11120 River Rd. in a large, white wooden frame house in a sparsely populated and affluent section of Potomac in suburban Montgomery County.
The nearest house is l50 yards away. Neighbors knew little about him. A sign out front says "Beware of Dog" and another sign near a mail box says "witches Island."
No one answered a knock on the door and Hunt was reported not at work yesterday.
Charles Wendell Colson
A one-time administrative assistant to former Massachusetts Sen. Leverett Saltonstall (R), Colson was said in l970 to have worked with a Life magazine reporter on an article charging that former Maryland Sen. Joseph D. Tydings (D) used the prestige of his office to promote the interests of a company in which he held stock.
Tydings was cleared of the charges after the November election, which he lost, and Colson has always had no comment on the issue.
Colson, said to be a specialist in delicate assignments for the President, signed on Howard E. Hunt in l97l as a special consultant at $l00 a day. Hunt and Colson, both alumni of Brown University, are said to have met in l966 when both were active in the Washington chapter of the Brown alumni club.
James W. McCord Jr.
McCord, also an ex-FBI agent, held a contract to provide security services to the Republican National Committee. After retirement from the CIA, McCord established his own security consulting firm, McCord Associates in Rockville.
A resident of Rockville, McCord, 53, is active in the First Baptist Church of Washington. According to neighbors, he is from Texas where he and his wife graduated from Baylor University. They have three children, two daughters and a son who is in his third year at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
McCord is also a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve and was part of a unit whose duties included developing plans for compiling lists of radicals and developing plans for censorship of news and mail in the event of war. He was one of the five arrested inside the Democratic National Committee offices.
Bernard L. Barker
In the late l950s, Barker served under Castro's guerrilla movement in Cuba but he became disillusioned and fled to Miami in l959. He is said to have been one of the organizers of the Bay of Pigs invasion in l96l and is said to have been working for the CIA since then.
He is married and lives with his wife in Miami. A daughter, Marla Elena B. Moffet, works in Bethesda for the Prudential Insurance Co. of America.
About a year ago, Barker started a real estate firm, Barker Associates, in Miami. An auto rented here by the suspects in the bugging was rented in the name of Barker Associates.
Barker was one of five arrested inside the Democratic National Committee offices.
Known in Cuban exile circles in Miami as having extensive CIA contacts, Sturgis has been described in news accounts as a soldier of fortune.
An ex-Marine, he joined Castro in the hills of Oriente Province in l958 and was later named to oversee gambling operations in Havana after the revolution succeeded in January, l959.
Later that year, however, there was a falling out and Sturgis fled Cuba for Miami and has been active in anti-Castro affairs since.
According to the Miami Herald, Sturgis was arrested in waters off British Honduras with 12 companions during what Sturgis said was a voyage to make a commando raid in Cuba. The Mexican captain of the boat, however, said Sturgis had hijacked the craft.
Sturgis was one of the five suspects arrested inside the Democratic National Committee offices.
About two weeks ago he tried to line up housing at the University of Miami for 3,000 Young Republicans who will be attending the Republican National Convention there this summer.
Martinez is a salesman in the real estate office of another suspect, Bernard L. Barker. Martinez was one of the five suspects arrested inside the Democratic National Committee offices Saturday.
Virgilio R. Gonzalez
He lives in Miami with his wife and children and works at the Missing Link Key Shop. According to his employer, he came to the United States sometime around the time Castro became well-known and he has worked at the Missing Link since l959. He has been described as "pro-American and anti-Castro."
Caddy appeared at the arraignment Saturday of the five suspects in the bugging case, and told a reporter that he had obtained Joseph A. Rafferty as counsel for the five.
Shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday, he said he received a call from barker's wife. "She said that her husband told her to call me if he hadn't called her by 3 a.m. that it might mean trouble," Caddy said.
A graduate of Georgetown and New York University Law school, Caddy was the first executive director of the conservatively oriented Young Americans for Freedom. In the early l960s, he was a leader in the Youth for Goldwater organization.
According to Robert Bennett, president of the public relations firm where Hunt works, Caddy and Hunt worked together for a time and the two became good friends. Bennett said the friendship between Caddy and Hunt developed when Caddy represented a client whose public relations account was held by Gennett Bennett's firm.
The Post and Watergate |  Special Guests