September 22, 2023
Revisiting the Assassination of Fred Hampton: New FOIA Docs, COINTELPRO, and the "Black Messiah"

In this episode, Breht welcomes Aaron J. Leonard ( back on the show, this time with his co-author Conor Gallagher, to discuss new FOIA documents they recently received regarding the FBI agent assigned to Fred Hampton, the informant who helped in the efforts to assassinate Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, what the left gets wrong in their understanding of COINTELPRO, and reactions to the new film on Fred Hampton “Judas and the Black Messiah”.

Check out Aaron and Conor’s books:

A Threat of the First Magnitude: FBI Counterintelligence & Infiltration from the Communist Party to the Revolutionary Union

Heavy Radicals: The FBI’s Secret War on America’s Maoists

Previous Rev Left episode on Fred Hampton here:


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3 thoughts on “Revisiting the Assassination of Fred Hampton: New FOIA Docs, COINTELPRO, and the "Black Messiah"

  1. Hello Revolutionary Left Radio, I’m a small content creator but I deeply appreciate your work and was curious if y’all would like to have a conversation on Anarchism, and the future of the left. If you’re interested let me know!

  2. I sometimes wonder if technology like neuralink where we could have telepathic communication and give each other information very quickly and understand what people mean what they're saying and how they feel about it. would help us go about making a socialist movement where we don't have a cult of personality because we're all connected and all know all we want

  3. Just looking at the title ring some alarm bells to the producers and writers for that movie. Messiah and Judas? That’s counter to the fundamental Marxist belief of revolutions being a people’s movement and not dependent on some grand messiah, emperor or savior. Isn’t it?

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