Bernard Barker

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Person.png Bernard Barker   Spartacus
(soldier, spook, deep political functionary)
Bernard Barker.jpg
Born Bernard Leon Barker
1927-12-05
Havana, Cuba
Died 2009-06-05 (Age 81)
Miami, United States
Nationality Cuban, American
Member of Operation 40, Watergate burglars
A soldier/spook involved both in the assassination of JFK and the Watergate coup.

Bernard Barker was a WW2 veteran, a member of Operation 40 and a Watergate burglar.

WW2

"The day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor Barker became the first Cuban-American to join the American armed forces. He received his basic training in Tampa before moving to Houston where he eventually graduated as a second lieutenant. He flew patrol missions over the Gulf of Mexico before being sent to London to join the 331st squadron of 8th Air Force. Over the next few months he served as a bombardier on board a B-17 Flying Fortress."[1]

Spook

After WW2 Barker returned to Cuba and joined the Cuban secret police under Fulgencio Batista.[2] He was later recruited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and worked for them as an undercover agent. He also did work for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).[1] He joined the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion.[3]

JFK assassination

Full article: Stub class article John F. Kennedy/Assassination

Barker is reckoned to have been involved in the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy.[3] Seymour Weitzman states that Barker was the man on the Grassy Knoll who was showing US Secret Service identification and ordering people out of the area.[1]

Watergate

Full article: Watergate Coup

Barker became a Watergate burglar after an invitation from E. Howard Hunt. In 1997, Barker told The Miami Herald that Hunt "said this would put us in a situation in which we can later ask for help for the freedom of Cuba."[1]



References

  1. a b c d http://spartacus-educational.com/JFKbarkerB.htm
  2. Carlson, Michael (8 June 2009). "Obituary: Bernard Barker". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  3. a b "Watergate burglar dies in Florida". BBC. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-08.