JFK assassination records include salacious claims against a civil rights icon

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Within the 676 newly released John F. Kennedy assassination records, a 20-page document from the Federal Bureau of Investigation makes salacious, unverified claims about civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

In the 1960’s, the FBI’s head at the time, J. Edgar Hoover, investigated King in connection to a domestic counterintelligence program. The newly released document, titled “Martin Luther King, Jr. A Current Analysis,” was produced in connection with that investigation.

The report says: “This document goes into detailed accounts of King’s questionable activities, including being involved in events at which there were sex orgies.. One account from 1964 spoke of a ‘two-day drunken sex orgy in Washington, D.C.,’ in which attendees participated in ‘sexual acts, natural as well as unnatural.’ Another account from ‘one Negro minister’ said that at one of King’s conferences in 1968 to train black ministers in Miami there was abundant debauchery and fornication.”

Another new claim is made in the document, suggesting King may have fathered an illegitimate child.

“The child resembles King to a great degree and King contributes to the support of this child. He calls this woman every Wednesday and frequently meets her in various cities throughout the country,” the document said. The source is a “very responsible Los Angeles individual in a position to know.”

 

Another section of the document alleges that King was attracted to former member of the Communist Party in America. Members of King’s organization are noted as having had communist affiliations.

The document does not offer verification for any of the claims made against King.

Clayborne Carson, a history professor and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, said Hoover was attempting to smear King’s reputation.

“When we look closely at this, what we see is that there is a person who is trying his best to damage Martin Luther King’s reputation,” Carson said.

The new documents were published by the National Archives and Records Administration on Friday. CLICK HERE to read the full document.

 

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