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Cold War Files: All Units: Events: "Plumbers" Unit Established with compliation of "Enemies' List"

July 17, 1971
"Plumbers" Unit Established with compliation of "Enemies' List"

The 'Plumbers' unit is established in the White House by Nixon aides John Ehrlichman and Charles Colson to investigate Daniel Ellsberg and to 'plug' various news leaks. Colson also compiles an 'enemies list' featuring the names of 200 prominent Americans considered to be anti-Nixon.

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