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ID:

509

Date:

2010-05-25

Headline:

FBI Files: Helms Faced Threats

Reporter's name:

Indrani Datta

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

New York City News Service

City:

New York, NY

Summary:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) generated a 1,587-page file on former U.S. Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC) before his 2008 death. The file reveals that Helms offered to assist the FBI during his earlier career as a broadcaster, was placed on a "special correspondent" list of friendly journalists, and received death threats. The FBI file on Helms also included a 1977 note from then-Director Clarence M. Kelley thanking the senator for helping quash an indictment against FBI agent John J. Kearney, whom the Department of Justice had charged with running a mail-opening/wiretap operation against the "Weathermen" in the early 1970s (see also FOIA Files #490, "The government is reading your mail" (Salon.com), 1/5/07, http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/01/05/mail_cover/index.html, referring to the exposure of domestic "mail cover" programs in the 1970s and 2000s).

Keywords:

Jesse Helms, senator, Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, Clarence M. Kelley, John J. Kearney, Department of Justice, DOJ, Weathermen, mail cover, wiretap, death threats, threats

URL:

http://nycitynewsservice.com/2010/05/25/fbi-files-helms-faced-threats/


Agencies:

FBI

States:

DC
NC
NY

Categories:

FBI


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