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FBI Recorded Stevens' Phone Calls With Oil-company Exec

The FBI secretly recorded two phone calls between Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and Bill Allen, a former oil-industry exective turned government informant, according to the Associated Press (link via talkingpointsmemo.com).

AP reports: "Allen, a wealthy businessman and Stevens' political patron, agreed to the taping last year after authorities confronted him with evidence he had bribed Alaska lawmakers. He pleaded guilty to bribery and is a key witness against Alaska legislators. He also has told prosecutors he paid his employees to renovate the senator's house."

There have been rumors around Washington for months of secret tapes involving Stevens and Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), the state's long-serving member in the House. Up until now, it had been only rumors, but the AP takes the story to the next level.

The AP added: "Beyond the calls Allen made while cooperating, prosecutors also have thousands of conversations the FBI recorded while secretly wiretapping phones belonging to Allen and fellow VECO executive Rick Smith. Agents also secretly videotaped meetings between contractors and state politicians at a hotel suite in Juneau, Alaska's capital."

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