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Pawns in the War on Drugs? The New Yorker Podcast

Last week, I joined Nicholas Thompson and Evan Ratliff — the two  founders of the ever-brilliant The Atavist — to discuss the issue of confidential informants for The New Yorker’s weekly podcast, Out Loud.  I shared some anecdotes from my recent story on the reckless endangerment of young police informants.  Evan, meanwhile, made some really useful points about the flip-side of the informant issue: what happens when the police get “played” by their own C.I.s, as he wrote about in a great piece on the F.B.I.-funded scam artist/C.I. named Josef von Habsburg Lothringen.  You can check our our conversation here.

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