Christopher Hitchens targeted by FBI counterintelligence probe
Stephen C. Webster
A file kept by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on the late author and scholar Christopher Hitchens was released this week, revealing that he was, in his earlier years, the target of an FBI foreign counterintelligence investigation.
The documents were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. They also show that Hitchens was monitored by the FBI in his youth while he toured American universities, and the nation’s top law enforcement bureau even kept notes on his early political leanings.
Published Wednesday by the Historiographic Anarchy blog, the FBI file is unfortunately rather cryptic, bearing lots of redaction and notes of classification. Among those notes are frequent mentions of the documents being in a 105 classification, which is code for a foreign counterintelligence investigation. READ
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