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Listen to the audio from the 2013 festival

Afghanistan has been the longest foreign war in our history, but just what were we doing there? For years, nearly everything controversial was kept secret, and obscured by a steady flow of public relations stories – like so much of our foreign affairs.

Nicky Hager is an in-depth researcher and writer and is now part of an international investigative journalism network. He has incurred the displeasure of Helen Clark (with his book Seeds of Distrust) and John Key (with The Hollow Men). He is also an expert on military and spy organisations.