LBJ Library releases last of recordings

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AUSTIN — The LBJ Library in Austin has released the final batch of recordings of private telephone conversations by former President Lyndon Johnson.

The recordings cover the last months of Johnson's presidency in late 1968 and early 1969. Johnson can be heard expressing his condolences to Sen. Edward Kennedy after the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy. He also voiced worry over problems with the Vietnam War peace talks and said associates of Richard Nixon were acting treasonous in their attempts to influence South Vietnamese officials.

LBJ Library officials released the recordings Thursday, making them available for the first time to the public and researchers. They're part of a series of secretly recorded Johnson conversations that have been released over several years.

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