Watergate burglar G. Gordon Liddy wants the contents of secretly recorded conversations from the Democratic National Committee headquarters finally brought to light, more than 25 years after the infamous break-in at the complex.

Liddy, now a radio talk-show host, wants the tapes to help with his defense in a defamation lawsuit filed by a woman who worked at the headquarters as a secretary in the early 1970s. Burglars were caught inside after planting electronic wire taps, which made the recordings Liddy wants released.Attorneys for Liddy argued Thursday before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that a 1973 order suppressing descriptions of the bugged telephone conversations testimony should be lifted.

Liddy's lawyers argued that making the testimony public is "essential to a full understanding of this unprecedented chapter in American history."

A lawyer for Spencer Oliver, who headed the Association of State Democratic Chairs in the 1970s and who would have used the bugged telephone, strongly disagreed. R.C. Slagle III reasserted that any such testimony would invade Oliver's privacy.