Professor Emerita Medsger: 'The Burglary' and Theft of Privacy

April 17, 2014

SFBAY -- Medsger visited San Francisco State University Monday morning to discuss her new book “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI.” The Burglary exposes the untold story of a group of antiwar activists who broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, and stole documents detailing massive domestic surveillance by the government. Weeks after the break-in — now 43 years ago — Medsger received a mysterious package containing copies of files stolen from the Media FBI office. This was the first time in history a source had stolen secret government documents and given them to a journalist. Medsger told a standing-room only group of SF State Journalism students and faculty she wasn’t sure her story was ever going to run: “The assumption was you don’t report on the FBI. No one reported on the FBI, they were considered heroes.”