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Remembering the burglary that broke COINTELPRO

Remembering the burglary that broke COINTELPRO

On the 48th anniversary of the break-in at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Media, Pennsylvania field office, reporter Betty Medsger reflects on the role of whistleblowers in the pursuit of truth and government transparency.

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In a letter to the editor, CIA Public Affairs Director corrected the record with a lie of omission

In a letter to the editor, CIA Public Affairs Director corrected the record with a lie of omission

In 1981, CIA’s Director of Public Affairs took exception with newspapers reporting that Frank Sturgis was a former CIA employee - such a problem, in fact, that he wrote to the editors of several newspapers to try to issue a correction. There was just one problem: recently declassified records show that it was the truth.

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J. Edgar Hoover's FBI really hated The Washington Post - especially editor Ben Bradlee

J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI really hated The Washington Post - especially editor Ben Bradlee

Former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee’s role in covering some of the biggest stories of the 20th century - most notably Watergate - has made him a legend in the industry. It also earned him the ire of several figures in government, including FBI director J Edgar Hoover, who felt he was “a colossal liar.”

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