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The Informant - A True Story

Kurt Eichenwald

From an award-winning New York Times investigative reporter comes an outrageous story of greed, corruption, and conspiracy--which left the FBI and Justice Department counting on the cooperation of one man . . . It was one of the FBI's biggest secrets: a senior executive with America's most politically powerful corporation, Archer Daniels Midland, had become a confidential government witness, secretly recording a vast criminal conspiracy spanning five continents. Mark Whitacre, the promising golden boy of ADM, had put his career and family at risk to wear a wire and deceive his friends and colleagues. Using Whitacre and a small team of agents to tap into the secrets at ADM, the FBI discovered the company's scheme to steal millions of dollars from its own customers. But as the FBI and federal prosecutors closed in on ADM, using stakeouts, wiretaps, and secret recordings of illegal meetings around the world, they suddenly found that everything was not all that it appeared. At the same time Whitacre was cooperating with the Feds while playing the role of loyal company man, he had his own agenda he kept hidden from everyone around him--his wife, his lawyer, even the FBI agents who had come to trust him with the case they had put their careers on the line for. Whitacre became sucked into his own world of James Bond antics, imperiling the criminal case and creating a web of deceit that left the FBI and prosecutors uncertain where the lies stopped and the truth began. In this gripping account unfolds one of the most captivating and bizarre tales in the history of the FBI and corporate America. Meticulously researched and richly told by New York Times senior writer Kurt Eichenwald, The Informant re-creates the drama of the story, beginning with the secret recordings, stakeouts, and interviews with suspects and witnesses to the power struggles within ADM and its board--including the high-profile chairman Dwayne Andreas, F. Ross Johnson, and Brian Mulroney--to the big-gun Washington lawyers hired by ADM and on up throug

From an award-winning New York Times investigative reporter comes an outrageous story of greed, corruption, and conspiracy--which left the FBI and Justice Department counting on the cooperation of one man . . . It was one of the FBI's biggest secrets: a senior executive with America's most politically powerful corporation, Archer Daniels Midland, had become a confidential government witness, secretly recording a vast criminal conspiracy spanning five continents. Mark Whitacre, the promising golden boy of ADM, had put his career and family at risk to wear a wire and deceive his friends and colleagues. Using Whitacre and a small team of agents to tap into the secrets at ADM, the FBI discovered the company's scheme to steal millions of dollars from its own customers. But as the FBI and federal prosecutors closed in on ADM, using stakeouts, wiretaps, and secret recordings of illegal meetings around the world, they suddenly found that everything was not all that it appeared. At the same time Whitacre was cooperating with the Feds while playing the role of loyal company man, he had his own agenda he kept hidden from everyone around him--his wife, his lawyer, even the FBI agents who had come to trust him with the case they had put their careers on the line for. Whitacre became sucked into his own world of James Bond antics, imperiling the criminal case and creating a web of deceit that left the FBI and prosecutors uncertain where the lies stopped and the truth began. In this gripping account unfolds one of the most captivating and bizarre tales in the history of the FBI and corporate America. Meticulously researched and richly told by New York Times senior writer Kurt Eichenwald, The Informant re-creates the drama of the story, beginning with the secret recordings, stakeouts, and interviews with suspects and witnesses to the power struggles within ADM and its board--including the high-profile chairman Dwayne Andreas, F. Ross Johnson, and Brian Mulroney--to the big-gun Washington lawyers hired by ADM and on up throug
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From an award-winning New York Times investigative reporter comes an outrageous story of greed, corruption, and conspiracy--which left the FBI and Justice Department counting on the cooperation of one man . . . It was one of the FBI's biggest secrets: a senior executive with America's most politically powerful corporation, Archer Daniels Midland, had become a confidential government witness, secretly recording a vast criminal conspiracy spanning five continents. Mark Whitacre, the promising golden boy of ADM, had put his career and family at risk to wear a wire and deceive his friends and colleagues. Using Whitacre and a small team of agents to tap into the secrets at ADM, the FBI discovered the company's scheme to steal millions of dollars from its own customers. But as the FBI and federal prosecutors closed in on ADM, using stakeouts, wiretaps, and secret recordings of illegal meetings around the world, they suddenly found that everything was not all that it appeared. At the same time Whitacre was cooperating with the Feds while playing the role of loyal company man, he had his own agenda he kept hidden from everyone around him--his wife, his lawyer, even the FBI agents who had come to trust him with the case they had put their careers on the line for. Whitacre became sucked into his own world of James Bond antics, imperiling the criminal case and creating a web of deceit that left the FBI and prosecutors uncertain where the lies stopped and the truth began. In this gripping account unfolds one of the most captivating and bizarre tales in the history of the FBI and corporate America. Meticulously researched and richly told by New York Times senior writer Kurt Eichenwald, The Informant re-creates the drama of the story, beginning with the secret recordings, stakeouts, and interviews with suspects and witnesses to the power struggles within ADM and its board--including the high-profile chairman Dwayne Andreas, F. Ross Johnson, and Brian Mulroney--to the big-gun Washington lawyers hired by ADM and on up throug

Language:

English

Narrators:

Arthur Morey

Length:

6h 24m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:13


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:41


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:06


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:28


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:20


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:17


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:03


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:46


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:12


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:39


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:45


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:24


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:31


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:50


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:31


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:07


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:03


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:26


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:49


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:02


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:23


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:40


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:50


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:00


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:20


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:41


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:48


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:55


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:00


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:29


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:38


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:46


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:10


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:35


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:51


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:05


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:11


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:18


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:33


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:21


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:22


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:59


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:39


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:11


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:19


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:19


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:36


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:23


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:54


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:02


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

00:39