breakthrough in the search for Chomsky's CIA file comes in the form of a
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Federal Bureau of
Investigation. For years, FOIA requests to the CIA garnered the same denial: "We did not locate
any records responsive to your request." The denials were never entirely credible, given
Chomsky's brazen anti-war activism in the 60s and 70s -- and the CIA's
well-documented track record of domestic espionage in the Vietnam era.
But the CIA kept denying, and many took the agency at its word.Now,
a public records request by Chomsky biographer Frederic Maxwell reveals a memo between
the CIA and the FBI that confirms the existence of a CIA file on Chomsky.
June 8, 1970, the memo discusses Chomsky's
anti-war activities and asks the FBI for more information about an upcoming
trip by anti-war activists to North Vietnam. The memo's author, a CIA official, says the trip has the
"ENDORSEMENT OF NOAM CHOMSKY" and requests "ANY INFORMATION" about the people
associated with the trip.
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