The Current

Anna Maria Tremonti's most memorable interviews: When Henry Kissinger walked out

As her time at The Current comes to a close, Anna Maria Tremonti looks back at some of the most memorable conversations from her 17 years as the show’s host.

Tremonti spoke with former U.S. Secretary of State in 2003

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger walked out in the middle of an interview with The Current's host Anna Maria Tremonti in 2003. (Steve Mack/Getty Images)

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As her time as host of The Current comes to a close, Anna Maria Tremonti looks back at some of her favourite conversations from the past 17 years.

In 2003, she spoke with Henry Kissinger, in a conversation that didn't last as long as expected.

Kissinger served as secretary of state under U.S. presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He also won the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the conclusion of the Vietnam War, and engineered the American rapprochement with China.

In his later years however, his critics had mounted a campaign calling for him to be charged with war crimes for his role in the U.S. bombing of Cambodia, which lasted from 1969 to 1973 and is believed to have killed tens of thousands of Cambodians.

When Tremonti raised that campaign, Kissinger called it "one of those questions on which one ends the interview."

And then he did just that.

Click 'listen' near the top of this page to hear the 2003 interview.


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