George Gordon Lindy, the ruthless former FBI agent who was one of the masterminds of the 1972 Watergate building burglary, the crime at the heart of the scandal that marked the beginning of his presidency, Tuesday Tuesday at the age of 90, wrote the Washington Post.
Lindy, notorious for his involvement in the scandal, used his reputation to pursue a 20-year career as a presenter on many conservative radio stations. He died at his daughter’s home in Fairfax, Virginia, according to the report.
The son of Thomas P. Lindy confirmed the death of the man in Nixon’s environment – who, among other things, had happily taken on the “dirty job” of leaking to the media – without specifying the causes. He simply said that it was not due to COVID-19, Poust wrote.
Lindy and J. Howard Hunt, a former CIA agent, worked out plans so improbably, so illegally, that their superiors often rejected them without a second thought. Among them: the idea of assassinating investigative journalist and journalist Jack Anderson, a fierce critic of President Nixon; to provoke a scandal against Democratic politicians by organizing a party with prostitutes;
However, not all plans were rejected. In 1971, a few months before the Watergate building was ransacked, Lindy was part of a team that ransacked the office of psychiatrist seen by Daniel Elsberg, a former U.S. Army analyst who leaked the famous Pentagon Papers for the Second World War.
The burglary that would lead to the fall of Nixon followed. Lindy and Hunt proposed the burglary at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate building, while the then-Republican president was campaigning for re-election.
But the group of burglars was arrested. Lindy was found guilty of conspiracy, burglary and wiretapping. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison and served seven, before being released on a 1977 reversal of his sentence by Democratic President Jimmy Carter, who said the sentences imposed on Lindy and others were excessive.
Unlike his six co-accused, Lindy refused to cooperate with prosecutors or answer questions from the jury, prompting the judge to add 18 months to his sentence. He remained unrepentant after his imprisonment: he told the New York Times that if he could go back in time, he would do what he was convicted of.
He made a name for himself as a private security company, writing best-selling books, starring in television series and movies, and, since 1992, hosting a conservative radio show broadcast by 225 radio stations. Retired in 2012.
Lindy, with his characteristic mustache, was known for his lads – he boasted that he could hold his hand over a flame, or kill someone with a pencil. In his autobiography, he wrote that he was fascinated by the tone of Adolf Hitler’s speeches on the radio by his parents’ German domestic helper when he was a child.
Born in 1930 in New York, Lindy studied law. He graduated in 1957. After a two-year military service, he became an FBI agent before resigning to practice law in Manhattan. He later became a prosecutor in New York County, New York, where he gained a reputation for carrying a weapon in court. “He passionately believed that drugs, criminals and communists were great” dangers “for the United States,” the New York Times wrote in a 1973 profile.