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On June 17, 1972, a security guard at the Watergate building finds a door latch held open by a piece of tape. The guard calls the police, who enter the building finding and arresting five burglars in the Democratic National Committee headquarters. The next morning, the Washington Post assigns the inexperienced reporter Bob Woodward to cover the story, even though other reporter Carl Bernstein wanted it, because the story is thought to be of little importance. Woodward finds out that the five men, four Cuban immigrants and James W. McCord, had sophisticated electronic equipment and their own private attorney. In court McCord says himself and the others as having ties to the Central Intelligence Agency. After this revelation Woodward connects the burglars to former CIA employee Howard Hunt, and Special Counsel Charles Colson. After this development Bernstein is assigned by the Post as Woodward’s partner in the breakin coverage. Executive editor of the Post, Benjamin Bradlee, believes their work is not yet complete and is therefore not worthy of the frontpage; instead he tells them to continue to gather information. Woodward contacts a senior government official and anonymous source he has used in the past that he calls “Deep Throat”. Communicating through a balcony flower pot with a flag in it, they meet in the middle of the night in a parking garage. The informant provides nothing concrete, but tells Woodward to “follow the money.” Over the following weeks the reporters connect the burglars to money given by Nixon’s re-election fund and through a former treasurer of the fund they connect thousands of dollars to the Chief of Staff Haldeman and former Attorney General John N. Mitchell, the current head of the re-election fund. They learn that the group for reelection used the money to begin a sabotage campaign against Democratic presidential candidates a year before the breakin at the Watergate when Nixon was trailing in the polls. Woodward again meets with Deep Throat, who reveals that Halderman was the mastermind of the break-in and cover-up. Deep Throat also claims that the cover-up was not to hide the burglary or the reelection fund’s involvement, but to cover-up “covert operations” involving “the entire U.S. intelligence community”, and warns that their lives are in danger. When the reporters relay this to the editor, he urges them to continue despite the risk involved. In the final scene, set on January 20, 1973, Bernstein and Woodward type out the full story, with the TV in their office showing Nixon being sworn in for his second term as President, in the foreground. A montage of headlines on Watergate from the following years is shown, culminating with that of Nixon’s resignation and the inauguration of Vice President Gerald Ford on August 9, 1974.