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When it came to the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover was both a source and ‘fact checker’ for the media

When it came to the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover was both a source and ‘fact checker’ for the media

In a recent response to a FOIA request on Rudolf Abel and the Hollow Nickel case, the Federal Bureau of Investigation included a 13 page section describing the FBI’s assistance to an author writing a series of articles about the Bureau. At least some of the articles appear to have been based on the film “The FBI Story,” which FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover reportedly had a strong hand in the production of, including prompting reshoots.

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In internal memos, CIA Inspector General portrayed the media as Agency's "principal villains"

In internal memos, CIA Inspector General portrayed the media as Agency’s “principal villains”

A series of 1984 memos from the Central Intelligence Agency Inspector General’s office reveals some alarming views on the press and how to deal with them. Among other things, the memo shows that 33 years before the Agency declared WikiLeaks a hostile non-state intelligence service, they were viewing the general press in the same terms.

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For some agencies, online media doesn't count as media at all

For some agencies, online media doesn’t count as media at all

FOIA was written in 1966, when Cronkite ruled the airwaves and The Times reigned unchallenged. More than 50 years later, too many FOIA officers and rules haven’t kept pace with media evolution, often leaving online journalists out of the club.

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