Moles and Bugs

Spying in the Donovan case

When Frank Silbey, chief investigator for the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, was probing Labor Secretary Raymond Donovan's alleged links with mobsters two years ago, he knew that he was also being investigated: in an unorthodox move that infuriated Capitol Hill, the New Jersey-based Schiavone Construction Co., which is partly owned by Donovan, hired private detectives to find out who, according to Schiavone Lawyer Theodore Geiser, was "deliberately leaking information to the media."

What Silbey probably did not realize was that many of his conversations were being...

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