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How To Bug Mitch McConnell's Office

'Bugging' in the context of politics raises images of burglars messing with telephones and clunky tape recorders in the Oval Office. Now you'd just use malware

A report in Mother Jones this week cites a recording of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in his offices engaged in what he thought was a private conversation. Someone recorded the conversation and provided the recording to Mother Jones.

Especially in the context of political figures our thinking about surveillance gets primitive. Indeed, even the title of the Mother Jones article exhibits this: "Secret Tape: McConnell and Aides Weighed Using Judd's Mental Health and Religion as Political Ammo". The emphasis on "Secret Tape" is mine, and I'm not going to get into the substance of the discussion in this commentary.

Of course McConnell wants the recording investigated by the FBI and this is obviously reasonable, although it's not at all clear what laws were broken by Mother Jones or whoever created the recording.

Read the full article here.

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