Key Watergate Figure Hunt Dead at 88
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
A man whose name became synonymous with the Watergate scandal has died. E. Howard Hunt was a CIA officer who helped plan a Guatemalan coup and the Bay of Pigs invasion before he became a key organizer of the Watergate burglary. Hunt told the Senate committee investigating the break-in that he regretted his role.
He called the affair, quote, an unfortunate use of executive power and said he was sorry he did not have the wisdom to withdraw.
Mr. E. HOWARD HUNT (Former CIA Officer): I want to emphasize that at the time of the Watergate operation, I considered my participation as a duty to my country. I thought it was an unwise operation but I viewed it as lawful.
MONTAGNE: Hunt pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges, and he served nearly three years in prison. He died yesterday in Miami of complications from pneumonia. E. Howard Hunt was 88.
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