The Nation: The Case of the Telltale Tone

According to technical experts consulted by TIME, the 18 minutes of steady tone overriding conversation on a presidential recording raises the possibility that the noise was introduced during an attempt to erase or re-record on that portion of the tape.

Prime authority for that hypothesis is a Government electronics expert and "wireman" who has carried out bugging and tapping operations for a federal agency. Familiar with the White House recording equipment, he told TIME that the tone could not have been accidentally picked up on the tape while it was being played back for...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!