An ash blonde secretary, employed by Watergate conspirator, Gordon Liddy, told the Watergate inquiry in Washington on Tuesday (5 June) that she had helped prepare a fake copy of stationery, used by democratic presidential candidate, Senator George McGovern.
SCU INT Mrs. Harmony swears oath and seated
CU PAN Senator questions Mrs. Harmony and she replies
QUESTIONER: "Mrs. Harmony, why would you be concerned with the destruction of this material? You knew that Mr. Liddy was no longer there. You knew from newspaper accounts of the break-in at the Watergate complex. You knew that this invoice bore reference to Gemstone, which has to do with ???landestine, though as you put it not necessarily illegal activities, You knew apparently that it was so sensitive that it ought to be destroyed."
MRS. HARMONY. "Yes, sir."
QUESTIONER: "Now, what in the total content--concept--of your perception of Gemstone, as an operation, what led you to believe independently, what led you to concur in the judgment of Mr. Magruder, that information ought to be destroyed, ought to be shredded? What were you thinking of...?"
MRS. HARMONY: "Senator Baker, after I had been aware of the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters, I know that the telephone conversations that I had typed had come from there. They...I identified with Gemstone."
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A transcript of part of her testimony follows:
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Background: An ash blonde secretary, employed by Watergate conspirator, Gordon Liddy, told the Watergate inquiry in Washington on Tuesday (5 June) that she had helped prepare a fake copy of stationery, used by democratic presidential candidate, Senator George McGovern.
She's Mrs. Sally Harmony, who admitted to being in her mid-thirties. She said she typed telephone logs on stationery headed "Gemstone", but did not know this was a code-name for the Watergate operation. When asked about the contents of memoranda she had typed, she replied in the style of a perfect secretary that she merely typed words, without examining their total meaning. Mrs. Harmony outlined for the investigating committee her duties as a secretary. Of the faked stationery, she said she never asked who would use it, and she admitted to destroying her shorthand notebook, when she heard the FBI was to interview her employer.