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Encore Q&A: Tim Weiner

Washington, DC
Saturday, December 22, 2012

Tim Weiner discusses "Enemies: A History of the FBI," his book on the FBI’s 100-year hidden history of war against terrorists, spies, and ultimately any person or group deemed subversive. He reveals secretly taped conversations FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had with Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. He writes about the agency’s predominantly illegal secret intelligence and surveillance techniques such as wire-tapping, break-ins, and burglaries. Weiner researched declassified documents that included Mr. Hoover’s personal intelligence files. He scrutinized over 200 oral histories of current and former FBI agents.

Mr. Weiner also discusses his early career as a reporter, including his Kansas City Times' coverage of the 1981 collapse of an atrium skywalk at the Hyatt Hotel, which won him and his team a Pulitzer Prize. He received a second Pulitzer for investigative journalism on black budget spending while employed by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 2:50pm (ET)

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