Mysteries of Watergate: Unsolved for Fifty Years

John D. O’Connor is a former federal prosecutor and the San Francisco attorney who represented W. Mark Felt during his revelation as Deep Throat in 2005. O’Connor is the author of the book, The Mysteries of Watergate: What Really Happened. 

It is very much a standard trope of Watergate lore that the infamous June 17, 1972, burglary made no sense. In the scandal’s conventional recounting, originally authored by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post, followed by hundreds of books, indeed this criminality remains head-scratchingly obtuse. But rather than providing a factually-shored narrative explicating this seemingly nonsensical caper, the Washington Post would prefer that society wallow in ignorance, while the paper continues to bask in the warm and profitable glow of journalistic preeminence.
Although the Post will continue to suppress (or if revealed, to deride) any long-concealed facts and logical inferences, the full story of what really happened is now within our reach, much to its journalists’ chagrin.
Two monumental works of original research, the stellar 1984 Secret Agenda by Jim Hougan, and the sensational 1991 Silent Coup by Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin, added much to public knowledge, but without the universal acceptance these works were due. That said, each book missed the mark on Deep Throat, and did …

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