Scholars Challenge Author's Assertion That 1960s Activist Worked for FBI

Scholars Call New Book's Assertion About 1960s Activist Unsubstantiated 1

A new book's claims that Richard M. Aoki was an FBI informant rely on ambiguous sources, critics say.

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A new book's claims that Richard M. Aoki was an FBI informant rely on ambiguous sources, critics say.

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Was Richard M. Aoki, an icon of the 1960s protest movement in the Bay Area, an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation?

That's the explosive claim made by Seth Rosenfeld, a journalist who has just published Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), the product of 31 years of research.

The allegation has