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It was a minor coup for a major British paper, sandwiched in among the lurid tales of booze and sex and misconduct that made “The News of the Screws” what it was.

I made a lot of money, learned a lot about my craft, and still remember how to use a professional kitchen-sized dishwasher.

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Back in London in the early 1980s, the unions were powerful, Margaret Thatcher was prime minister, and Ray Suarez was a Fleet Street freelancer who made radio programs and wrote newspaper and magazine articles for hire.

Suarez reflects on his time working undercover at the News of the World.