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Wiretapping: a secret history

Brian Hochman reveals how wiretapping has been part of American life for centuries, used by criminals and law enforcement alike

Published: April 8, 2022 at 12:19 pm
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Wiretapping has a chequered past in the United States, from civil war soldiers who were seen as heroes for tapping enemy wires to the political scandals that rocked the 20th-century establishment. Brian Hochman, the author of The Listeners: A History of Wiretapping in the United States tells Rhiannon Davies about the history of electronic eavesdropping.


Brian Hochman is the author of The Listeners: A History of Wiretapping in the United States (Harvard University Press, 2022)


Rhiannon DaviesSection editor, BBC History Magazine

Rhiannon Davies is section editor for BBC History Magazine and our Tudor ambassador, writing a fortnightly newsletter in which she shares the latest Tudor news, anniversaries and content with her audience. She also regularly appears on the award-winning HistoryExtra podcast.


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