Publish the FBI and CIA Files on the Assassination of Malcolm X

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We, the undersigned, are calling for the full and unredacted publication of all US government files and records relating to the brutal assassination of Malcolm X.

Malcolm X was gunned down in cold blood on the 21st of February 1965 at New York’s Audubon Ballroom by a six-person team of assassins affiliated with the Nation of Islam’s (NOI) Newark temple, Muhammad’s Mosque #25. Of these six suspected assassins – Linward X Cathcart, Ben X Thomas, Leon X Davis, William X Bradley (aka Al-Mustafa Shabazz), Wilbur X Kinley and Talmadge X Hayer (aka Thomas Hagan) – only Hagan/Hayer served any prison time.

And with the exception of Bradley/Shabazz (who died on 24th October 2018) Malcolm's killers remain at large. Linward X Cathcart (aka Abdul Karriem Muhammad), who is believed to have led the hit squad, resides in Plainfield, New Jersey, to this day. Another suspect still on the loose is the NOI's former National Secretary, John X Ali (aka John Wali Ali), who resides in Chicago and has long been suspected of recruiting the assassins on behalf of the NOI's leadership.


We are therefore seeking the unredacted publication of all surveillance materials and documents compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the New York Police Department’s Bureau of Special Services and Investigations (NYPD-BOSSI) and any other federal agency as they may relate to the aforementioned suspects as well as to any role played by the administrations of President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson in the plot to murder Malcolm X.

In addition, we are calling for the declassification of all Presidential Daily Briefs (or PDB's) from the Kennedy and Johnson administrations as they may relate to Malcolm X. In particular we seek access to the Malcolm X portions of the Johnson administration's 22nd February 1965 PDB.

We are confident that the publication of the Malcolm X files would be a sensation with few parallels in publishing history and that the millions of copies they would sell worldwide would pay for their own publication several times over and leave enough of a surplus to fund a new Department of Justice investigation and trial of their subject’s surviving assassins – a trial in which Malcolm X himself (through archival news film in which he discusses the various efforts to kill him) could serve as the ‘star witness for the prosecution.’


For nearly 50 years scholars, researchers and investigators have had to rely on pure speculation as to what information lay concealed behind the extensive redactions that presently disfigure even those Malcolm X files that have since been made available to the public. This has resulted in a toxic culture of conjecture and conspiracy theory that must now come to an end, bringing closure to one of the seminal cold cases of the Civil Rights era and serving to enlighten the world.