The Time Some Guy Accidentally Joined Richard Nixon's Phone Call

Oh, how far we've come since the 1970s.
More
Nixon phone picLEAD.jpg

Courtesy of the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

Newly released tapes from the archives of the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum reveal many gems of conversation from the Nixon administration, but one seems particularly ironic in today's world of NSA phone surveillance: On May 14, 1973, some guy accidentally got on a call with Richard Nixon. The President is chatting with Len Garment, the head of his legal team, about campaign finance reform, when suddenly another voice appears on the line.

INTERLOPER: "May I help you? Hallo?"

GARMENT: "Uhhh, I'm on this phone here. Please get off."

Apparently, he never knew he was on the line with the president of the United States.

You can listen to the full conversation between Nixon, Garment, and their mysterious interloper here. More tidbits from the Nixon administration to come later today with the screening of Our Nixon here at The Atlantic's headquarters, otherwise known as the Watergate.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Emma Green is an associate editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the National Channel, manages TheAtlantic.com’s homepage, and writes about religion and culture.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to a Seaside Town in Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Where the Wild Things Go

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Adults Need Playtime Too

When was the last time you played your favorite childhood game?

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Technology

Just In