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National Archives posts unsealed Watergate records online

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The weekend reading load for Watergate aficionados became a lot heavier Friday when the National Archives and Records Administration posted online nearly 1,000 pages of formerly sealed records relating to the infamous burglary case.

The newly released documents come from the U.S. v. Liddy criminal trial against seven of the individuals involved in the Watergate break-in scandal that led to the impeachment and resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. They include evidentiary discussions held outside the jury’s hearing, pretrial discussions with defendants’ lawyers and the court, and post-trial sentencing information.

(Just click the link above to start digging in).

The records had been sealed under court order since the 1970s, but Texas A&M professor Luke Nichter petitioned the district court of Washington, D.C. in 2009 to release them. Chief Judge Royce Lamberth ordered some of the documents to be unsealed on Nov. 2.

Among the unsealed documents are transcripts of interviews with Watergate “shadow man” Alfred Baldwin, records pertaining to sentencing, and even doctor’s letters regarding the physical and mental health of former CIA officer Everett Howard Hunt, who was involved in the scandal.

Judge Lamberth ordered any trial documents dealing with living individuals or containing information about the grand jury or the contents of illegally obtained wiretaps to remain sealed pending further review by the court.

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