COMMENT: It turns out that the high-tech efforts by investigators to restore the material lost in an 18 1/2 minute gap in one of Nixon’s Watergate tapes have failed. We will never know, for sure, what was in that section of tape.
One of the central considerations in analyzing Watergate is the assassination of President Kennedy–what was referred to as “the whole Bay of Pigs thing” in the Nixon White House. Miscellaneous Archive Show M59 covers this in detail, as do several of the interviews with Russ Baker, the author of Family of Secrets.
In FTR #253, we examined efforts to recruit the enigmatic, formidable Gordon Novel to study the feasibility of erasing the Watergate tapes. (Novel is a veteran U.S. intelligence officer who was a focal point of Jim Garrison’s investigation in New Orleans.)
EXCERPT: High-tech detective work has failed to solve a puzzle from the Watergate scandal that destroyed Richard Nixon’s presidency.
Forensic scientists assembled by the National Archives have been examining two pages of notes from a June 1972 White House meeting, looking for clues about what was said during an 18 1/2-minute gap in a recording of the session.
They explored impressions in the paper, analyzed ink and hoped to find evidence of missing notes on the conversation between Nixon and aide H.R. Haldeman.
But the archives said Thursday the effort didn’t unravel the mystery. . . .