Listen: Martin Luther King, FBI, J Edgar Hoover discussed on Conspiracy Theories
"Newsweek and Newsday. The tapes were released to the public in spread around the world in a matter of days, but they didn't defame MLK as much as the F B I had hoped. And fact, they backfired supporters of Dr king, including his wife Kereta, Scott King, Saul the tapes as a pitiful attempt on MLK's reputation. After hearing the tapes Kereta was quoted saying, I couldn't make much out of it. It was just a lot of mumbo jumbo after this backfire the tapes were removed from the public access and remain a hidden piece of American history to this day. There is speculation. These CIA still has a collection of 'em. As darkest audio moments. But we'll never know for sure. As you can imagine the F B. I was a little bitter that their plan didn't stop MLK from soaring to become one of the greatest civil rights activists in American history. In fact, J Edgar Hoover threw a fit and decided the next best way to defame MLK was to start calling him names on public television from November eighteenth nineteen sixty four to MLK's assassination. Hoover through a slew of names at MLK including calling him quote. The most notorious liar in America this adolescent name calling prompted a meeting between MLK and Hoover on December first nineteen sixty four. We don't know the specifics of that meeting, but we do know that Hoover continued to make references to MLK sexual activities during this meeting, according to king's family, king left, the meeting deeply shaken by the experience and can't blame him one of the greatest agencies in American politics. Just stoop to the level of intimidation. And slander, regardless of what happened theorist believe this meeting was the beginning of the end for MLK. They think the F B I was insulted by kings resistance toward their threats and decided to end his life once and for all as troubling. As this all seems there is some credence to it conspiracy theorists point to a mysterious government operation called operation lantern, spike that may have resulted in a male case death. We only really know two things about this mysterious operation. It was scheduled to take place in the Memphis, Tennessee area at the time of MLK's death and its goal was to prevent the rise of a black messiah. According to the few public documents. We have about this operation. One of the goals of the group was to replace Martin Luther King with a more pliable leader, they challenge with this theory is the extreme lack of information of able to the public. It's possible. This group was more of us are Valence program than an assassination operation, we may never know in the years since MLK's death, many US representatives have tried to expose these documents. But they have all been denied the latest began with house of Representative members Cynthia Ann McKinney in two thousand five she accused the FBI of being involved with MLK's murder and ask for the release of the operation lantern. Spike documents the FBI denied her request. In fact, the documents have been sealed until twenty twenty seven at which point the F B I has the option to renew their classification. So we may never know the truth. That's. Said if the FBI was willing to blackmail, and send threats to civil rights leaders, it's possible that lantern spike was in fact, the operation that ended MLK's life. If this is true, James Earl Ray would still have been involved to some degree after all his prints were at the scene of the crime. And he bought the rifle that ended as life to this day theorist, disagree about how much Ray was involved. Some believe he was hired by the FBI to pull the trigger. But was later betrayed by the FBI others believe he was chosen as the perfect unwitting scapegoat for the FBI at the time of the murder Ray had a criminal record and had even escaped prison. Once he was an is believable suspect looking at the plausibility of this one. We're going to give this theory a solid seven out of ten. It's clear. The FBI was willing to break all kinds of rules to amass control over the American public in the nineteen sixties, especially. Stop the work of leaders in the civil rights movement. That said there's no public documentation within the FBI the suggests that the orchestrated a fully-fledged hit on MLK. They were clearly bullies that we're happy to see violence as a result of their manipulation.."