The Center for Investigative Reporting has revealed new information about former Black Panther Richard Aoki and his role as an informant for the FBI.
CIR's Seth Rosenfeld, whose book "Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power" was released in August, writes:
"Revelations that prominent radical activist Richard Aoki was an FBI informant have prompted angry denials among his supporters, but newly released records confirm Aoki was secretly providing information to agents during the period he gave the Black Panthers guns and firearms training.
The documents from Aoki's FBI informant file — totaling 221 pages — were released after a court challenge under the Freedom of Information Act and show that Aoki was an informant from 1961 to 1977, with only brief interruptions. The records say that at various points, he provided information that was "unique" and of "extreme value."
The Oakland Tribune wrote an obituary (http://bit.ly/OWI43h) on Aoki when he died at the age of 70 in 2009. It was written that he died "in Berkeley from complications from dialysis." It was later learned that he had committed suicide.
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