Two Unsettling Conversations About Upcoming Assignments

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“You’re gonna wanna have a car and driver. It’s not that safe.”

“We’re going to have to figure out where we could possibly interview people. We’re seeing them disappear on a regular basis, the ones who have the courage to talk about it.”

Looks like I’m probably headed out of town again in early April. This trip is going to be even more sensitive than most, and if I were having any doubt about that, two preparatory conversations I just had with sources made it crystal clear.

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