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.