Did the KKK Have a Mole Inside the FBI During the Civil Rights Era?
It doesn’t appear likely, but they did have help from State Troopers.
A former Ku Klux Klan leader may have had an informant inside the FBI feeding him information during the civil rights movement, documents suggest. But agents who worked the case dismiss the statements.
In fall 1964, an informant told the FBI that Sam Bowers, imperial wizard of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Mississippi, talked of having an FBI agent leaking him the names of Klansmen who talked with the agency.
Upon hearing the claim, former FBI agent Jay Cochran, who was involved in that investigation, laughed. “That’s a new one on me,” he said. “I don’t think there’s even a remote possibility of that.”