They had been led by James W. McCord Jr., a safety coordinator for the Nixon marketing campaign whose confession to the decide simply earlier than his sentencing precipitated the revelations of White House crimes and cover-ups that culminated in Nixon’s resignation in 1974.
In 1977, the 4 Cuban-born burglars every accepted an out-of-court settlement of $50,000 from the Nixon marketing campaign. They stated that that they had that been misled into believing that they had been performing with authorities sanction on behalf of a White House administration that was involved about American safety and sympathetic to Cuban refugees.
In 1983, after his requests for clemency had been rejected by Presidents Gerald R. Ford and Jimmy Carter, Mr. Martinez — who, it turned out, had nonetheless been on retainer to the C.I.A. at the time of the Watergate break-in — was pardoned by President Ronald Reagan.
The pardon, which was granted as a result of Mr. Martinez had been considered the least culpable of the defendants, restored his proper to vote. Despite the ordeal, he prided himself on one Watergate souvenir — a golden fortunate clover inscribed, in Spanish, with the phrases “Good luck, Richard Nixon.”
Eugenio Rolando Martinez Careaga was born on July 7, 1922, in what’s now the province of Artemisa in western Cuba. Before Castro’s rise he was exiled as a critic of the dictator Fulgencio Batista. He later returned to Cuba however left once more in 1959 for opposing Castro’s newly put in regime.
“My mother and father were not allowed to leave Cuba,” he wrote in a memory printed in Vanity Fair in 1974. “It would have been easy for me to get them out. That was my specialty. But my bosses in the Company — the C.I.A. — said I might get caught and tortured, and if I talked I might jeopardize other operations. So my mother and father died in Cuba. That is how orders go. I follow the orders.”
He is survived by his daughter, Yolanda Toscano, and two grandchildren.
After leaving jail, Mr. Martinez labored in actual property and as a automotive salesman. He turned referred to as Musculito (or Little Muscle) as a result of he continued to train in his South Beach condo in Miami Beach into his 90s.