He planned to break into the headquarters of the US Democrats. Now, G. Gordon Liddy, one of the most famous figures in the Watergate scandal involving ex-US President Richard Nixon, has died.
G. Gordon Liddy, one of the central figures of the Watergate scandal, which forced the then US President Richard Nixon to resign in 1974, is dead. He was said to be on Tuesday morning (local time) at the age of 90 in Mount Vernon, Vermont died, US media reported unanimously, citing his son Thomas Liddy. He did not name the cause of the death, but it was not corona-related.
Liddy gained worldwide fame for his role in planning the break-in into the headquarters of the Democratic Party in the Watergate building complex in June 1972. One of the goals was to install wiretapping systems there.
Liddy later hosted a radio show
The former FBI agent and attorney was serving on a committee for Nixon’s re-election campaign at the time. After the five intruders were later caught, a number of connections led to Liddy and the White House. Nixon resigned in 1974 when the majority required for impeachment in Congress was deemed certain.
Liddy was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 1973 for burglary, criminal dating and illegal wiretapping. Four years later, President Jimmy Carter reduced Liddy’s prison term to eight years, of which he ultimately served around four and a half. He later hosted a radio show and worked, among other things, as an actor.