RECENTLY declassified files linked to the assassination of US president John F Kennedy more than 50 years ago include a secret FBI dossier on civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
The tendentious document portrays a “wholehearted Marxist” whose Southern Christian Leadership Conference was heavily influenced by the Communist Party USA.
This tawdry compilation of tittle-tattle about a brave campaigner, who was shot dead for leading anti-racist struggles in April 1968, alleges that he was addicted to “drunken sex orgies” and suggests that he was a “slow thinker” who could only make statements with help from others.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David Garrow, who has written extensively about Dr King, said that many of the dossier’s claims are neither new nor true.
“The number one thing I’ve learned in 40 years of doing this is just because you see it in a top-secret document, just because someone had said it to the FBI, doesn’t mean it’s all accurate.”