Me and my shadow – A history of the FBI’s counterintelligence

“Me and My Shadow”: A History of the FBI’s Covert Operations and COINTELPRO

In early 1971, COINTELPRO came to light when a “Citizens Committee to Investigate the FBI” removed secret files from an FBI office and released them to the press. Agents began to resign from the Bureau and blow the whistle on covert operations that went far beyond intelligence gathering. That same year, publication of the Pentagon Papers, the Pentagon’s top-secret history of the Vietnam War, exposed years of systematic official lies about the war. The public exposure of COINTELPRO and other government abuses resulted in a flurry of apparent reform in the 1970s, but domestic covert action did not end.

Henry Sapiecha

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