CLOSE UP PHOTOS & HISTORY OF THE WATERGATE BUG
HISTORY OF WHAT'S RUMORED
ONE OF ONLY THREE WATERGATE BUGS
The Watergate Bug on exhibit at the Spy
And Private-Eye Museum is non operative. By that, we mean it does
not work and was disabled many years ago. This historical artifact was
allegedly made by Bernard B. Spindel who was one of the top men in the
country for development of such equipment. The material was first allegedly
sold in a lot of old equipment to one electronics supply house that was
then baught out by another one after the first one went out of business.
The second supply house then sold this artifact to James Greenwold owner
Surveillance Inc of Chippewa Falls, WI. Mr.
Greenwold specializes in countermeasures, TSCM, video forensics and audio
forensics. He maintains one of the nation's leading high tech state-of-the-art
crime labs. James Greenwold was kind enough to donate the material to
the Spy And Private-Eye Museum in 2006 after having the unit on display
in his office for about 12 years.
No one knows for sure exactly
how many bugs where used and how many times the Watergate Burglars broke
into the Democratic National Headquarters. However, the rumor is that
there where three and this was one of them. A certain unnamed person involved
was shown this material a decade or so ago and his comment was, "If
we had any bugs, they looked just like that."
UP OF THE ACTUAL BUG
The bug was modular and could be adapted for a number of different uses.
Either a microphone of telephone wire could be connected to the plug in
the bottom left hand corner of the photo or to the plug coming out the
top right side.
BUG CAN APART
As you can see, the bug took one battery so it's life was limited. However,
the unit could be turned on and turned off from it's receiver which you
will see in a a photo below.
The top of the
bug contained a squelch control knob and a volume control knob.
for the Watergate Bug could pick up audio for several miles. The attachment
to the receiver had two buttons on the unit that would turn the bug on
and then turn it off. This would, of course conserve battery power. It
would also be non-operational in the event the room it was in was sweep
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