NBC: Nixon Planned Physical Attack on Peace Activists in 1972

HeadlineJun 20, 2017
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And NBC News has published an explosive Watergate-era document showing how then-President Richard Nixon planned a physical assault on peace activists in 1972, including famed Vietnam War whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971. The revelation came in an 18-page memo from the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, which detailed how Nixon operatives were planning an attack against demonstrators, including Ellsberg, at a rally at the U.S. Capitol. In response to the memo’s release, Daniel Ellsberg told NBC, “They used to say nobody got hurt in Watergate. That was not because they didn’t try.”

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