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 U.S. Department of Justice

Federal Bureau of Investigation

 For Immediate Release    Washington, D.C.
October 29, 1999    FBI National Press Office

The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced today that it has added seven items to the Espionage, Historical Interest, and Famous Persons categories of its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Electronic Reading Room. The below-listed subject matters have been available in paper format for several years and now can be accessed electronically:


Bernard Kuehn -- 683 pages

Bernard Julius Otto Kuehn was apprehended by military authorities in Honolulu on December 8, 1941, and subsequently was found guilty of espionage. He was originally sentenced to be executed but later his sentence was commuted to 50 years imprisonment at hard labor.

Owen Lattimore -- 182 pages

Reports from the 1940's-50's espionage investigation of Owen Lattimore conducted as a result of allegations linking him with Soviet espionage.


Interpol -- 1178 pages

Administrative records regarding the relationship between the FBI and the International Criminal Police Commission (Interpol) from 1935 to 1958.


Clarence Darrow -- 11 pages

Miscellaneous material and correspondence regarding the famous attorney.

Stanley Levison -- 1699 pages

Security investigation of Stanley Levison from the 1950's through the early 1970's. Levison was a key advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Elijah Muhammad -- 28 pages

1973 report from the investigation of Elijah Muhammad, also known as Elijah Poole, former leader of the Nation of Islam.

Melvin Purvis -- 206 pages

Melvin Purvis was employed by the FBI from 1927 until his resignation in 1935. As the Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago FBI Office, he was on the scene in 1934 when John Dillinger was killed and, as a result, received extensive publicity over the years.

These documents are a representative sampling of those in the FOIA Reading Room located at FBI Headquarters. Portions have been blacked out to protect personal privacy, confidential sources, national security, etc., in accordance with the exemption provisions of the FOIA. Additional subjects will be added to the Electronic Reading Room on a monthly basis.


Freedom of Information Act Reading Room

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