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Red Rover

Clare Hollingworth, 4 February 1982

At the Barricades: The Memoirs of a Rebel Journalist 
by Wilfred Burchett.
Quartet, 341 pp., £10.95, May 1981, 0 7043 2214 5
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... When Henry Kissinger was eating break-fast with Wilfred Burchett in the West Wing of the White House, he little knew that his guest had travelled ‘illegally’ to Washington. As an Australian whose government refused to issue him a passport, he was using North Vietnamese identity documents and was only authorised to circulate within 20 miles of the United Nations Headquarters in New York ...

Our Man in Beijing

Edwin Moise, 20 November 1986

Breakfast with Mao: Memoirs of a Foreign Correspondent 
by Alan Winnington.
Lawrence and Wishart, 255 pp., £12.50, March 1986, 0 85315 652 2
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Behind the Forbidden Door: Travels in China 
by Tiziano Terzani.
Allen and Unwin, 270 pp., £11.95, March 1986, 0 04 951025 8
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... while the US delegation kept its own reporters at arm’s length: in fact, he and his friend Wilfred Burchett frequently passed to American and British correspondents information which the US delegation had refused to release. Winnington says that the US delegation at first misled the Western press about the Communist negotiating ...

Dreamtime with Whitlam

Michael Davie, 4 September 1986

The Whitlam Government 1972-1975 
by Gough Whitlam.
Viking, 788 pp., £17.95, July 1986, 0 670 80287 5
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... recognised China, ended conscription, restored an Australian passport to the Communist journalist Wilfred Burchett, freed seven draft resisters, recalled the Australian ambassador to Taiwan, instructed the state airline to lower fares, removed a tax on wine, began moves to scrap the honours list, ordered the Government of New South Wales to shut down the ...


Tariq Ali: In Pyongyang, 26 January 2012

... used for ‘strafing at low level’. Three years earlier in Phnom Penh the Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett had told me that what I had seen in Vietnam was ‘nothing compared to what they did to Korea. I was there. There were only two buildings left standing in Pyongyang.’ It was alleged that the US had used germ warfare, and although the US ...

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