What Are Two Examples of Political Corruption?

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Two examples of political corruption include the Watergate scandal and the Guantanamo Bay files leak. Political corruption occurs when a public official attempts to gain something by abusing power.

The Watergate scandal involves people connected to the reelection campaign of Richard Nixon stealing secret documents and wiretapping phones at the Democratic National Committee office. Nixon attempted to cover this up and ended up resigning as a result.

The Guantanamo Bay files leak involves 779 documents associated with detainees at this detention camp. Independent news organizations and WikiLeaks published the documents. The purpose was to show that the government is holding people without charges.