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Watergate and the Miami connection | Flashback Miami
On the night of June 17, five men wearing rubber gloves, their pockets packed with $100 bills collected by President Nixon's reelection committee, were caught rifling Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate office complex. Four of the five men were from Miami. For the next 783 days, until Nixon resigned on Aug. 9, 1974, one horrifying surprise after another tumbled out of the Pandora's box that came to be known as Watergate. Secret tapes, blackmail, hush-money, cover-up, obstruction of justice -- the list of high crimes and misdemeanors seemed to have no bottom. BURGLARS' OTHER GOAL: OUST CASTRO THEIR ZEAL TO FREE CUBA LED TO SCANDAL By MIRTA OJITO Herald Staff Writer 1992 Stripped of fake ID, surgical gloves and pencil-thin flashlight, Bernard Barker, World War II hero and Bay of Pigs veteran, sat in a cell at the Washington, D.C., police headquarters. It was June 17, 1972, and he was now called a burglar. A Watergate burglar. He flinched when an FBI agent approached. It was