Richard Nixon accepts the Republican nomination in 1968
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President Johnson discusses Nixon's Vietnam tactics

A BBC Radio 4 documentary, based on declassified tapes, has lifted the lid on the political manoeuvres of Richard Nixon, even before he was elected president.

In 1968 President Lyndon B Johnson thought Nixon was effectively sabotaging the Vietnam war peace talks.

Here he discusses with Senator Richard Russell how he believed Nixon's Chinese-American aide, Anna Chennault, was trying to persuade the US's South Vietnamese allies to pull out of the talks, promising Nixon would get them a better deal.

Listen to the whole programme on BBC Radio 4 at 20.00 GMT on Saturday or on the BBC iPlayer for seven days afterwards (UK users only).

  • 15 Mar 2013
  • From the section World