Researchers Angry That FBI Destroyed Walter Cronkite’s Files

September 23, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The FBI files kept on former CBS News anchorman Walter Cronkite were destroyed two years ago, USA Today discovered, after requesting the files under the Freedom of Information Act soon after Cronkite’s death in July. Researchers criticized their destruction saying, the files should have been preserved, as important historical records.

The destroying of Cronkite’s records were in violation of the FBI’s own policies of preserving records of prominent persons, as documents of historical significance. Apparently someone in the FBI records department didn’t know who Walter Cronkite was.

Critics say it isn’t the first time important files were destroyed. The Detroit News reported in 2006, that the FBI destroyed all files kept on civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

Scott Hodes, a former top lawyer in the FBI’s records office said, “You’re not supposed to destroy records that are historically valuable. Somebody should have known who Walter Cronkite was.”

Most FBI files on famous persons usually contain letters written to the law enforcement agency in connection with investigations of extortion attempts or other crimes committed against the celebrity.



One Response to “Researchers Angry That FBI Destroyed Walter Cronkite’s Files”

  1. tjr on September 24th, 2009 1:28 am

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