The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has admitted to having gathered records on famed American dissident Noam Chomsky when he was an anti-war activist in the 1970s after years of denial.
According to a government disclosure from the FBI obtained by Foreign PolicyËœs Å“The Cable” blog, the CIA not only snooped on the MIT professor, but also maintained a file and secretly attempted to scrub it from their archives at some point over the past few decades.
The CIA consistently returned the same denial when faced with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Å“We did not locate any records responsive to your request,” the CIA said.
The breakthrough in the reporting came from a FOIA request to the FBI, which returned a memo between the CIA and the FBI confirming the existence of a CIA file on Chomsky, The Cable reported.
Å“Dated 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,” according to the report.
“The June 1970 CIA communication confirms that the CIA created a file on Chomsky,” said Athan Theoharis, an expert on FBI-CIA cooperation and information-gathering.
“That file, at a minimum, contained a copy of their communication to the FBI and the report on Chomsky that the FBI prepared in response to this request,” Theoharis added.
Å“The CIAâ„¢s response to the FOIA requests that it has no file on Chomsky confirms that its Chomsky file was destroyed at an unknown time,” said the expert.
When asked about the alleged CIA file, Chomsky told The Cable Å“some day it will be realized that systems of power typically try to extend their power in any way they can think of.”
“What was frightening in the Ëœ60s into early Ëœ70s was not so much spying as the domestic terror operations, COINTELPRO,” Chomsky said, referring to the FBI’s program to discredit and infiltrate domestic political organizations. “And also the lack of interest when they were exposed.”
Republished from: Press TV