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Bernard Leon Barker
Birth: Mar. 17, 1917
Havana, Cuba
Death: Jun. 5, 2009
Miami
Miami-Dade County
Florida, USA

Watergate Figure. He was one of the five men arrested for the June 17, 1972, break-in at Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters in Washington. Raised in Havana by his American father and Cuban mother, Barker (who held dual citizenship) came to the United States in his early teens, but returned to attend the University of Havana. He joined the US Army in 1942, serving in Europe, then returned to Cuba, where he worked with the secret police during the Batista years. Barker came to America when Castro took power, worked for both the FBI and the CIA, and was part of the CIA's Operation 40, which ran the 1961 Bay-of-Pigs invasion. He was recruited around 1971 by fellow operative E. Howard Hunt to be part of the "White House Plumbers", assigned to stop the leak of classified information. The Committee to Reelect the President (CRP), which was paying the group, desired a wiretap to be placed at DNC headquarters; the men were caught, and convicted on various charges. Barker served 13 months of a two-and-a-half year prison term, then returned to Miami, where he worked as a city building inspector, and was a hero within the anti-Castro Cuban community. He remained opposed to the Castro regime, never repented of his activities, and regretted that he did not get to return to a free Cuba. He died of cancer. Of Watergate he said: "I think it's time for people to forget the whole damn thing. It was a sad time". (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
Burial:
Graceland Memorial Park
Coral Gables
Miami-Dade County
Florida, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Jun 06, 2009
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Bernard Leon Barker
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Bernard Leon Barker
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