American a presidential staff member acting improperly
   His function, after the Ellsberg disclosures in 1971, was to trace or stop any leak2:
    Young and Krogh were later dubbed the Plumbers, because they were assigned to stop news leaks. (Colodny and Gettlin, 1991, reporting on the cross-examination of Admiral Welander on 22 December 1976)

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