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1971. When Daniel Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers, documents showing the American people had been deceived about Vietnam, Richard Nixon created an extra-legal, clandestine force to retaliate. The Plumbers' break-in into Ellsberg's psychoanalyst's office in search of information with which to smear him contributed to Nixon's downfall. But the President's henchmen tried more than burglary against Ellsberg.
G. Gordon Liddy, one of the Plumbers, made a very interesting revelation. He had proposed, and eventually it had been agreed, that there should be LSD put in my soup at a reception at which I was speaking. I think it must have been a reception in my honor by the Federal Employees for Peace in Washington. Liddy said the okay came from on high, which could only mean either the Special Counsel to the President, Charles Colson, or the President himself. However, it was too late to recruit the waiters for this purpose and they weren't able to carry it through. My wife was very worried, then, about somebody getting me. I thought the government didn't do that sort of thing to Americans. But I was simply wrong. There was discussion of killing me among the Plumbers. On May 3, 1972, I was speaking on the steps of the Capitol. Mexican laundered money, which was later used for Watergate, was first used to bring up eleven Cubans from Miami. Their orders were to incapacitate me totally at this rally. But they chose not to be fall guys and threw it. The order had come from the President, probably with advice from Kissinger and Haig.