The National Security Agency eavesdropped on civil rights icon Martin Luther King and heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali as well as other leading critics of the Vietnam War in a secret program later deemed "disreputable," declassified documents revealed.
The six-year spying program, dubbed "Minaret," had been exposed in the 1970s but the targets of the surveillance had been kept secret until now.
The documents released Wednesday showed the NSA tracked King and his colleague Whitney Young, boxing star Ali, journalists from the New York Times and the Washington Post, and two members of Congress, Senator Frank Church of Idaho and Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee.
The declassified NSA historical account of the episode called the spying "disreputable if not outright illegal.".....snip~
NSA spied on Martin Luther King
AFP – 4 hrs ago
NSA spied on US Senators too. Which one of those Seantors was Frank Church.....who was responsible for limiting the NSA in the first place. Which came about after Church busted them out for going after him.
The NSA was shut down in 1973.....I doubt they could get any to do that today. Most would have thought the NSA would have spied on King and Malcohm X.