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'MLK/FBI' probes when bureau bugged Martin Luther King Jr.

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Posted at 8:12 PM, Jan 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-17 22:12:24-05

NEW YORK (AP) — The documentary “MLK/FBI” chronicles one of the darkest chapters in the FBI's history.

That's the years-long surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King Jr.

Where others saw a leader of the highest order, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI saw a suspect, a potential communist and a threat to white America.

Beginning in November 1963 and until his assassination in April 1968, the FBI wiretapped King’s telephone lines, bugged his hotel rooms and relied on informants close to him. The bureau also sent King a letter urging him to kill himself.

Former FBI director James Comey says in the film that the letter is a historical low for the agency.

IFC Films released “MLK/FBI” in theaters and on-demand Friday.

Film Review - MLK/FBI
This image released by IFC Films shows poster art for "MLK/FBI," a documentary that shows how FBI director J. Edgar Hoover used the full force of his federal law enforcement agency to attack King and his progressive, nonviolent cause. That included wiretaps, blackmail and informers, trying to find dirt on King. (IFC Films via AP)