Malcolm had FBI agents trailing him during his later trips abroad. He went over and confronted one of them and recounts the conversation in his autobiography. Hoover personally approved electronic surveillance of his home the year before his murder. He was a target.
His FBI file was over 10,000 pages long. You think he got shot and they were just like “oh wow that’s a shock”?
Like the CIA abroad, the FBI made use of prevailing tensions and forces in a given situation and used money, coercion, violence and fraud to move things in the direction they wished. I have no doubt that happened here, to what extent I don’t know.
That’s an essential thing to understand about US covert operations. They’re always using political and financial influence to push already-existing forces one way or another, and only occasionally must they ever do the deed themselves (though there are many cases of that, too).
If you can read any of the handful of defectors’ books about these agencies that are out there I promise they’ll be worth your time. Philip Agee’s Inside the Company: CIA Diary is a good one.
The FBI has declined to comment on the newly released letter.
Am I talking about the CIA too much on here? I don’t care.

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They tried to kill Lumumba with poison toothpaste, Fidel with an exploding cigar. These are not normal people.
For their operations against Sukarno they produced a pornographic film with an actor in a latex Sukarno mask in an attempt to discredit him that nobody bought. They released Lucky Luciano from prison to set up a heroin trafficking operation to generate funds for Gladio. Etc. etc.
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Also not exaggerating or being figurative: that money literally came from us.
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A big factor in depression turning to suicide is the attendant feeling of hopelessness—depression makes us feel we will always feel this way. Having a concrete and (hopefully) temporary cause to point to can be huge in getting people to stop blaming themselves and despairing.
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