Report: Civil Rights Photographer Served As FBI Informant

A judge says documents confirm that civil rights-era photographer Ernest Withers secretly served as an informer for the FBI.

District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled Tuesday that FBI documents confirm Withers, who died at 85 in 2007, informed for the agency. Withers was known as "the civil rights photographer" for iconic images of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and others protesting for racial equality in the South.

Berman's ruling follows a lawsuit by The Commercial Appeal. The Tennessee newspaper conducted a two-year investigation reporting Withers worked as a paid FBI informant at least from the late 1960s until 1970.

Jackson ordered the FBI to produce an index of any and all records in Withers' file by March 16.


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  • by BubbaQ Location: Greenville on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:30 AM
    Clap, clap, clap...it's about time. It comes as no surprise to learn just how intrusive government and the good ol'boys are. As for "Who cares", many of us do; just wait until you discover the good ol'boys are watching you and your group too.
  • by Me Location: HeRe on Feb 2, 2012 at 04:39 AM
    Reports are all about timing right? Good way to start the month.
  • by Me Location: HeRe on Feb 2, 2012 at 04:39 AM
    Reports are all about timing right? Good way to start the month.
  • by m on Feb 2, 2012 at 01:15 AM
    Who cares
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