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The shreds of evidence were collected against Martin Luther King Jr. by the investigative agency in the sixties and have reappeared after 55 years. An article by King biographer David Garrow will appear in an international magazine which will discuss in details the operations conducted by the FBI against civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr, to discredit his image in the public.
Garrow disclosed, according to the memos of the FBI, King engaged in orgies, solicited prostitutes and “looked on and laughed” as a pastor he knew raped a woman. The memos were part of the huge National Archives Data dumped in 2019.
The FBI surveillance tapes are being held in a vault at the US National Archives Data and are not due for release until 2027. In an article to be published in Standpoint, Garrow tells how FBI planted transmitters in the hotel rooms booked by King.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Garrow stated that Martin Luther King Jr was subjected to the most severe surveillance by FBI director J Edgar Hoover on the suspicion of him having a connection with Communist Party since his aide, Stanley Levison, was a Communist.
The tapes were made part of a rigorous surveillance project that the FBI began against him in 1955 and continued until King was assassinated in 1968. The FBI documents contended how King had a conversation in which he “discussed which women among the parishioners would be suitable for natural and unnatural sex acts.”
The FBI document says: ‘When one of the women protested that she did not approve, the Baptist minister immediately and forcefully raped her’ as King watched. Garrow claimed that he realized the gravity of the allegations on Martin Luther King Jr after he spent months digging in the archive material.
He said he had no idea of the scale or the ugliness of it and his apparent indifference to rape until he saw the files. He said: ‘It poses so fundamental a challenge to his historical stature as to require the most complete and extensive historical review possible.’
According to Garrow, FBI sent a letter to King with a copy of the tape which called him an ‘evil abnormal beast’ and his sexual exploits would be ‘on record for all time’. The letter also suggested that King commit suicide before his wrongs were revealed to the world.