The Watergate Tapes 18½ Minute Gap (lost fragments of audio; 1972)


The Watergate Tapes (18½ minute gap)
Former US President Richard Nixon.
Former US President Richard Nixon.
Status Lost

Former President of the United States, Richard Nixon, recorded many of his conversations, phone or otherwise, in the White House for his own records. While he wasn't the first president to do this, with Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. Kennedy doing it before him, Nixon's in particular were quite lengthy. These recordings would eventually be used against him during the Watergate Scandal.

Reportedly, over 18 minutes of the final portions of the tape were wiped over. There are various theories as to why this happened. According to Nixon himself, the tapes were wiped by accident by an associate of his named Rose Mary Woods. Nixon was harassed by various members of the media, with many claiming he deliberately erased the audio. It is not entirely known exactly why the tape was wiped.

This, however, has not stopped various conspiracy theory groups from using the wiped audio as "evidence". Theories of what the audio contained ranges from a deal with terrorists to war plans with the Soviet Union. The audio is more than likely just more incriminating Watergate material or insignificant phone conversations with his secretaries.

Gallery

A short US National Archives presentation on the missing recordings.

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Anonymous user #1

12 months ago
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Despite the whole Watergate controversy, Nixon was still a pretty decent President. Much better then Lyndon B. Johnson at least.
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Anon

9 months ago
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Plus we will never forget the Bushes
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Anonymous user #5

3 months ago
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You mean 9 and 11?
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Anonymous user #2

6 months ago
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Nixon and Bush were awful presidents and shouldn't be associated with the rest of the Republican presidents.
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Anonymous user #3

6 months ago
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Yeah, like Trump. He's awesome.
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Anonymous user #4

5 months ago
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Trump's awful tho, lol
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Anonymous user #5

3 months ago
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OKAY let's not get political guys.... This site is for finding lost media, not discussing politics.
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