A newly revealed document from the John F. Kennedy assassination records paints a very defamatory picture of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.
A wide-ranging 20-page document from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, titled “Martin Luther King, Jr. A Current Analysis," discusses King's alleged ties to communist influences and possible extramarital affairs.
The FBI's interest in both has already been made public, as the agency's head at the time, J. Edgar Hoover, had the agency conduct surveillance on King during the 1960s as part of a domestic counterintelligence program.
However, this document goes into detailed accounts of King's questionable activities, including being involved in events at which there were sex orgies. One account from 1964 spoke of a "two-day drunken sex orgy in Washington, D.C.," in which attendees participated in "sexual acts, natural as well as unnatural." Another account from "one Negro minister" said that at one of King's conferences in 1968 to train black ministers in Miami there was abundant debauchery and fornication.
The document also alleges that King may have fathered a baby girl with one of several women with whom he had affairs.
“The child resembles King to a great degree and King contributes to the support of this child. He calls this woman every Wednesday and frequently meets her in various cities throughout the country," the document said, via a "very responsible Los Angeles individual in a position to know."
Separately, one of the women King was said to have had an affair with was folk singer Joan Baez.
The document's authors don't appear to verify any of the claims made against King, who had been married to Coretta Scott King since 1953.
History professor Clayborne Carson, who is director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, responded to the document via CNN, blaming Hoover for attempting a smear campaign. "When we look closely at this, what we see is that there is a person who is trying his best to damage Martin Luther King's reputation," Carson said. The report also noted that the FBI had sent a letter to King in 1964, which appeared to urge him to commit suicide.
The newly publicized FBI record was dated March 12, 1968, just weeks before King was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
The document was one of 676 published by the National Archives and Records Administration on Friday.
The documents are the first to be released since President Trump pledged in a tweet last Friday to release all of the John F. Kennedy secret records, leaving out only the names and addresses of any mentioned person who is still alive.
He also said that he is "doing this for reasons of full disclosure, transparency and in order to put any and all conspiracy theories to rest."
Agencies have six months to review the contents of remaining documents for possible redactions related to "national security, law enforcement, and foreign affairs concerns."