May 09, 1969 : Reporter breaks the news of secret bombing in Cambodia

Introduction

William Beecher, military correspondent for the New York Times, publishes a front page dispatch from Washington, “Raids in Cambodia by U.S. Unprotested,” which accurately described the first of the secret B-52 bombing raids in Cambodia. Within hours, Henry Kissinger, presidential assistant for national security affairs, contacted J. Edgar Hoover, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, asking him to find the governmental sources of Beecher’s article. During the next two years, Alexander Haig, a key Kissinger assistant, transmitted the names of National Security Council staff members and reporters who were to have their telephones wiretapped by the FBI.

Article Details:

May 09, 1969 : Reporter breaks the news of secret bombing in Cambodia

  • Author

    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    May 09, 1969 : Reporter breaks the news of secret bombing in Cambodia

  • URL

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/reporter-breaks-the-news-of-secret-bombing-in-cambodia

  • Access Date

    November 20, 2017

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    A+E Networks