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Judith Coplon

Judith Coplon (1921 to 2011) was a spy for the Soviet Union who worked in the U.S. Department of Justice. She was convicted of espionage and conspiracy in 1949, but both verdicts were overturned due to FBI errors in gathering evidence. This release consists of materials from the FBI case file on Coplon between 1948 and 1949.

Harold Glasser

Harold Glasser (1905 to 1992) was an economist employed by the US Department of Treasury and later worked for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. FBI investigation and subsequently identified Russian records identified Glasser as a spy.

Michael Whitney Straight

Michael Whitney Straight (1916 to 2004) was an American writer and publisher, scion of a wealthy family, and agent of the USSR. This release consists of material from FBI files between 1943 and 1969.


On April 19,1995, Timothy McVeigh parked an explosive laden truck in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The explosion killed 168 men, women and children; McVeigh was later executed for the murders. The FBI investigation was called OKBOMB. This release consists of the first one hundred pages of responsive material on that investigation.

Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee

Benjamin “Ben” Crowninshield Bradlee (1921-2014) was a journalist who became the executive editor of the Washington Post from 1968 to 1991. This release consists of FBI material on Bradlee from 1951 to 1984.

Huey Percy Newton

Huey Percy Newton (1942 to 1989) was co-founder of the Black Panther Party. This release consists of materials from FBI file 105-HQ-165429 and several shorter files, dated between 1967 and 1969.

Thomas Michael Menino

Thomas Michael Menino (1942-2014) served as the Mayor of Boston from 1993 to 2014. This release consists of material from a 2002 corruption investigation that did not lead to prosecution.

Joan Alexandra Rivers

Joan Alexandra Rivers, ne Molinsky, (1933-2014) was a well known entertainment figure. This release consists of several FBI investigations of violent threats made against Ms. Rivers.


On February 4, 1974, Patricia Hearst, the daughter of a well-known newspaper owner, was kidnapped by members of the domestic terrorist group called the Symbionese Liberation Army. The FBI’s investigation of this kidnapping and Hearst’s actions while with the group was called HEARNAP. This release is a new processing of the FBI’s HEARNAP file, which was previously released.

Richard Matsui Aoki

Richard Matsui Aoki (1938-2009) was involved in a number of radical groups on the West Coast including the Socialist Workers Party and the Black Panther Party. At the same time Aoki served as an informant for the FBI (symbol source number SF-2496-R). This release consists of material from the period 1962 to 1970 and a record of the FBI file search for material on Aoki in 2009.

Alger Hiss

Alger Hiss (1904-1996) was a lawyer and former government official who spied for the Soviet Union; he was convicted of perjury in 1950. This release is a reprocessed version of previously released material from the FBI’s main file related to the investigation of perjury charges against Hiss. The material spans October and November of 1949.

Jay David Whittaker Chambers

Jay David Whittaker Chambers (1901-1961) was an author, reporter and Soviet spy. This release is a reprocessed version of previously released material from the FBI’s main file on Chambers. It spans the years 1949 to 1977.

Shirley Temple Black

Shirley Temple Black (1928-2014) was a well known actress and political appointee in several administrations. This release consists of a 1969 background investigation made when Ms. Black was under consideration for executive appointment. Also included are two small files regarding threats made against Ms. Black.

Irwin Allen Ginsberg

Irwin Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) was a well known poet. This release consists mostly of an FBI file opened in 1964 when Ginsberg planned to travel to Cuba for a poetry competition. There are also some later references to Ginsberg’s political activism and earlier criminal arrests.


The FBI’s BOMBROB Case concerned a number of Midwestern bank robberies in which the suspects used explosives in the commission of the robberies between 1995-1996. The individuals were members of a white separatist group.

Leonid Brezhnev

Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev (1906-1982) was a senior politician in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) who became head of the country from 1964 to 1982. This release consists of an FBI clippings file on politics in the Soviet Union from 1943 to 1960; many of these articles mention Brezhnev.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003) was a sociologist and long serving U.S. Senator and academic. This release consists of references to Moynihan in FBI files between 1968 and 1999. They include materials relating to investigations into a number of threats made against Moynihan and references to background investigations of Moynihan for appointment to high government positions.

Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem, 1932 to 2014, born as Kemal Amen Kasem, was an actor, producer, and well known disk jockey and music celebrity. These files concern FBI investigations of violent threats made against Kasem between 1981 and 1993.

Fred W. Phelps, Sr

Fred W. Phelps, Sr. (1929 – 2014) was the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, a group known for anti-gay activism.

Southern Christian Leadership Convention

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) -- a civil rights group created by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and others in 1957 – was investigated by the FBI for possible ties to domestic communists and the U.S.S.R.
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