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FBI Activities / King / Senate Committee #34866

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 18, 1975
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(Studio) Senate Intelligence Committee staff reports on FBI activities during 1960's.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Committee attys. describe FBI try to destroy credibility of Martin Luther King as typical of FBI's counterintelligence. [Committee cnsl. Curtis SMOTHERS - says FBI researched and identified person to become new leader of Negroes, replacing King.] FBI tried to halt King's audience with Pope Paul and to stop University from giving him honorary degree. FBI stepped up activities against him after march on DC; "Time" naming him "man of year," and after King spoke against Vietnam war. [Committee cnsl. F.A.O. SCHWARZ - says FBI mailed anonymous letters to King and wife shortly before he recd. Nobel Peace Prize.] [Senator Walter MONDALE - asks if letter suggested King kill himself.] [SCHWARZ - agrees.] Committee to hear FBI Wednesday
REPORTER: Bill Matney

(Studio) After King's assassination, FBI planned to give Congmen. reports on King so that legislature to make his birthday national holiday could be blocked.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Matney, Bill;
Reasoner, Harry

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