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Alexander Butterfield
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    (April 6, 1926- )
    Born in Pensacola, Florida
    US Air Force Officer
    Deputy Assistant to President Richard M. Nixon (1969-73)
    Federal Aviation Administrator (1973-75)
    Best known for revealing the existence of a taping system in the White House to the Senate Watergate Committee (July 16, 1973)
    He got a job at the White House largely because he had been a college classmate of Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman.
    During his first meeting with Nixon, he was told to closely mimic Haldeman’s mannerisms to avoid ‘spooking’ the President.
    He arranged to place a White House spy in Senator Ted Kennedy’s Secret Service detail.
    He asked Senator Howard Baker to use his influence so he would not have to testify publicly about Watergate.
    He flew 96 combat missions in Vietnam and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
    He admitted, ‘I liked Nixon. We had a lot of bonding moments.’
    His attitude about the taping system was that he would not volunteer information about it, but if asked a direct question about it, he would not lie.
    In just thirty minutes of testimony, he completely altered the dynamics of the Watergate investigation.
    He was one of the few people to correctly guess that Deep Throat was FBI agent Mark Felt.

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