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wiretap \wiretap\ v. t. to tap[5] (a telephone or telegraph line) to get information surreptitiously; also, to obtain or record (information) by use of a wiretap.


wiretap \wiretap\ n. the act or event of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information surreptitiously.


n. 1 A concealed device connected to a telephone or other communications system that allows a third party to listen or record conversations. 2 The act of installing such a device. vb. To install or to use such a device.


n. the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information [syn: tap]


v. tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information; "The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy"; "Is this hotel room bugged?" [syn: tap, intercept, bug]

Wiretap (disambiguation)

Wiretap may refer to:

  • Telephone tapping, the monitoring of telephone and Internet conversations by a third party
  • WireTap (radio program), a weekly radio program aired by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  • WireTap (magazine), a Webby-award winning online magazine.
WireTap (radio program)

WireTap was a half-hour-long radio show which aired on CBC Radio One Saturday afternoons at 3:30 pm, and Thursday evenings at 11:30 pm. An hour-long version of WireTap is distributed in the United States by Public Radio International and is heard on multiple public radio stations. Hosted by Jonathan Goldstein, former producer of Public Radio International's This American Life, the show featured stories that were told as if over the phone with Goldstein.

The show fell into what had traditionally been CBC Radio One's comedy slot on Sunday afternoons, replacing Madly Off in All Directions which moved to a different time slot, though the show itself does not fit easily into the comedy category. The show has been described as "a weekly half-hour of conversation, storytelling and introspection, culled from equal parts real-world experience and the warp of Goldstein's imagination." Each show tends to have followed a particular investigative theme; past show titles include: "Life Lessons", "Reach for the Top", "Prized Possessions" and "Our Fathers".

The series began in the summer of 2004 as a 10-episode experiment, after which it succeeded to its own regular timeslot. It was recorded out of CBC's Montreal studios.

As of 2008, WireTap had a weekly listenership of . In 2009 the show became available as a podcast, greatly increasing access.

On August 19, 2015, Goldstein announced that the show was ending after an 11-year run.

WireTap (magazine)

Wiretap is a progressive/ liberal English language online news and culture website that emerged from the youth-oriented project of AlterNet and became an independent, self-sustaining publication. Their stated mission is to "mentor and train young journalists, citizen reporters, bloggers and provide a daily platform for young activists, social entrepreneurs, and artists from across the country."

Wiretap partnered with Rock the Vote in 2008 for their Rock the Trail campaign, and found five youth reporters to interview relevant political figures during the 2008 Presidential Campaign. The content was also published on the BET website.

It was the 2004 winner of the Webby Award in the Youth category.

Usage examples of "wiretap".

I gawk at the wiretaps, laptop, printer, code busters, phone phreaking equipment, and lots of other jury-rigged contraptions and punch-pads made from parts that must have once belonged to Pacific Bell.

Bugging the phones of crooked politicians, for example, will require hiring extra wiretap technicians.

That means extra typists to transcribe the wiretaps, and extra clerks to photocopy the transcripts, and extra repairmen to replace the toner in the photocopy machines, and so onall the way down to the extra process servers and bail bondsmen needed as the indictment draws near.

Following the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, an Exxon-British Petroleum joint venture wiretapped and bugged the home of a whistleblower working with the US Congress.

Before the trial, Varas revealed her belief that her ex-husband had once wiretapped her laundry room.

It involves arson, forgery, boobytrapping a car, wiretapping, theft, and secret communications between points widely separated, with coordinated criminal actions at each end-and it may involve doing in my cousin Zebulon.

         In an era when the Vice President of the United States held court in Washington to accept payoffs from his former vassals in the form of big wads of one hundred dollar bills -- and when the President himself routinely held secretly tape-recorded meetings with his top aides in the Oval Office to plot illegal wiretaps, political burglaries and other gross felonies in the name of a "silent majority," it was hard to feel anything more than a flash of high, nervous humor at the sight of some acid-bent lawyer setting fire to a Judge's front yard at four o'clock in the morning.

The FBI had been on the Arab community like white on rice with wiretaps, informants, arrests, and interrogations.

Invariably, the hacker in question was wiretapped and/or narced on by someone previously raided who covered up their own raid or minimized it in order to get off by implicating others.

Top Hoodlum Program wiretap outtakes: Los Angeles, Chicago and Newark venues.

Robert Farr, the noted electronic security expert, discusses wiretapping with infinity transmitters in his The Electronic Criminals, as noted in the reference list at the end of this novel.

I suggest that you begin by arresting Martin Barone on charges of tax evasion, money laundering, and whatever else you can come up with from the wiretap of his offices.

Again, the lesson of the second Nixon administration is instructive: Once we learned of the break-ins, wiretaps, payoffs, and skullduggery of Richard Nixon's presidency, no one believed that the Nixon we were watching on television was the real man telling the real truth.

As we read about the wiretaps and burglaries, the dirty tricks against opponents, and the ruthless disregard for veracity and civil liberties alike, Americans came to loathe the president we had elected.

And while we’re at it, I want to pass a Federal law requiring all municipal PDs to obtain Justice Department writs to implement their wiretaps, so that we can have access to every bit of wiretap intelligence seized nationwide.