Don's Blog: John Seigenthaler's FBI File Released

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

John Seigenthaler's FBI File Released

The FBI has notified me, in response to my Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, that it has now released John Seigenthaler's FBI file on its website. I have a separate request in, and have appealed the adequacy of the FBI's search.

I became interested in John Seigenthaler's file as a result of my research into the life of Clay Shaw, which culminated in a major biography of Shaw, entitled Man of a Million Fragments: The True Story of Clay Shaw, published in 2013 as an e-book and last year in a print edition.

The book detailed John Seigenthaler's involvement behind the scenes in an effort to obtain internal documents from New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison's investigation in 1967 into the assassination of President Kennedy. An insider in Garrison's investigation, William Gurvich gave the documents to longtime Bobby Kennedy aide Walter Sheridan, who then got them in one fashion or another to Seigenthaler and the Tennessean newspaper for its reporting.

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