Watergate chronology

January
20,1969
Richard M. Nixon elected the thirty-seventh president of the United States
1969
Ehrlichman suggests to Caulfield that he leave the White House and set up a
private security business that would provide security to the 1972 Nixon
campaign. This project, Sandwedge, would be similar to the Kennedy security
firm, Intertel.
June 5, 1970
With the goal of increasing cooperation between various intelligence agencies
within the government, a meeting was called in the Oval Office. Those in
Attendance: Richard Nixon, J. Edgar Hoover, Richard Helms, and chiefs of the
NSA and the DIA. Nixon aide Tom Charles Huston was assigned to work with
the heads of these agencies to facilitate increased cooperation.

early July,
1970
The Huston Plan sent to the President. This plan was an addition made by
Huston to a plan endorsed by Hoover and Helms (NSA and DIA as well?).

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Huston’s addition called for electronic surveillance, monitoring activities,
surreptitious entries, recruitment of more campus informants, et al.
July 14, 1970
Nixon endorses the Huston Plan
July 27, 1970
Hoover visits John Mitchell. Mitchell hears about the Huston plan for the first
time.


Mitchell later goes to Nixon and urges the President to Stop the plan.


Nixon later cancelled the plan.

September
17, 1970
Mitchell met with John Dean. Mitchell discussed the poor job that the FBI was
doing in the area domestic intelligence. This followed a conversation between
Mitchell, Helms and others from the CIA on a similar topic.

September
18, 1970
John Dean sends a memo to John Mitchell in which he offers a plan for
intelligence gathering.
“The most appropriate procedure would be to decide on the type of
intelligence we need, based on an assessment of the recommendations of
this unit, and then to proceed to remove the restraints as neccessary to
obtain such intelligence.”
May 3, 1971
Following Nixon’s decision concerning Laos, Anti-Vietnam activists attempt to
shutdown Washington by blocking roads with stalled cars, human blockades,
garbage cans, and other materials. The protests result in over 12,000 arrests.

John Dean headed up the White House intelligence gathering during this protest.

June 13,
1971
The New York Times begins publication of excerpts from “The Pentagon
Papers”.
The Pentagon Papers was a 7,000 page document that was first commissioned
by Robert McNamara in June of 1967 for future scholars to use. The Papers
were leaked to the Times by Daniel Ellsberg. Although there were many crucial
documents that were not included, the Papers did include documents from the
Defense Department, the State Department, the CIA, and the White House.
June 14,
1971
John Mitchell sends a telegram to the New York Times.


Arthur Ochs Sulzberger
President and Publisher
The New York Times
New York New York
I have been advised by the Secretary of Defense that the material published in
The New York Times on June 13, 14, 1971 captioned ”Key Texts From
Pentagon’s Vietnam Study” contains information relating to the national defense
of the United States and bears a top secret classification.
As such, publication of this information is directly prohibited by the provisions
of the Espionage law, Title 18, United States Code, Section 793.
Moreover further publication of information of this character will cause
irreparable injury to the defense interests of the United States.
Accordingly, I respectfully request that you publish no further information of this
character and advise me that you have made arrangements for the return of
these documents to the Department of Defense.
John W. Mitchell
Attorney General
The New York Times declined Mitchell’s request.
July, 1971
Ehrlichman appoints Young and Egil “Bud” Krogh, Jr. to direct a Special
Investigations Unit to investigate the leak of the Pentagon Papers. Young and
Krogh’s group become known as the “plumbers”.
August 16,
1971
John Dean writes the memorandum “Dealing with our Political Enemies” where
he describes “how we can use the available federal machinery to screw our
political enemies.”
Sept. 3, 1971
Break in of the office of Lewis Fielding, Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist, in Los
Angeles led by Hunt and Liddy. The goal was to seek information that would
be damaging to Ellsberg.

October,
1971
Colson asks Dean to investigate the “Happy Hooker” ring in New York to
see if

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