Sally Harmony

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Sally Harmony was secretary to G. Gordon Liddy during 1972 at the time of the Watergate first break-in. She testified in Congress that she had typed up logs of telephone conversations G. Gordon Liddy had supplied to her, and that she typed them on special stationery Liddy also had supplied with the word "GEMSTONE" printed across the top in color.

As to the origin of what Sally Harmony had typed, Liddy claims in his autobiography and in sworn testimony to have gotten the logs from Alfred Baldwin, a former FBI agent who had been hired by James McCord to monitor and make a record of conversations from wire-taps that McCord purportedly had planted inside the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in the Watergate.

G. Gordon Liddy said that he was the recipient of all written records of the bugs, and said in sworn testimony: "I wasn't getting any tapes, nor was I getting transcriptions of anything. I was getting logs. ...And the stuff was just of no use at all."

Alfred Baldwin was questioned under oath in congressional hearings about what he had typed up while monitoring the bugs:

Senator Ervin: The information you got while you were at the Howard Johnson [across] from the Democratic headquarters, what form was it in when you gave it to Mr. McCord?

Alfred Baldwin: The initial day, the first day that I recorded the conversations was on a yellow sheet. On Memorial Day...when he [McCord] returned to the room he brought an electric typewriter. He instructed me in the upper left-hand corner to print—or by typewriter...the date, the page, and then proceed down into the body and in chronological order put the time and then the contents of the conversation... .

Senator Ervin: And you typed a summary of the conversations you overheard?

Alfred Baldwin: Well, they weren't exactly a summary. I would say almost verbatim, Senator.

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G. Gordon Liddy later admitted in sworn testimony that what he had supplied to Ms. Harmony was actually his own dictation, which Liddy claims he did from what Alfred Baldwin had produced, saying, "On Monday, 5 June [1972], I dictated from the typed logs to Sally Harmony...editing as I went along."

Any such logs that might ever have existed or not were destroyed in the aftermath of the Watergate break-in, so no physical evidence exists for any of the claims and testimony.

References[edit]

  • Judiciary Committee Impeachment Hearings, 93rd Congress Book I, Events Prior to the Watergate Break-in U.S. Government Printing Office 1974
    1. Alfred Baldwin testimony, May 24, 1973; 1 SSC 399–401, 410–11
    2. Sally Harmony testimony, June 5, 1973; 2 SSC 461, 467
    3. James McCord testimony, May 18, 1973; 1 SSC 128, 156–57, 169–70, 184–85, 195, 232–33
  • Liddy, G. Gordon Will, the Autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy St. Martin's ISBN 0-312-92412-7
  • Liddy, G. Gordon Deposition in Dean v. Liddy et al., U.S. District Court D.C. 92-1807