Walter Cronkite’s Name Came Up in 1974 FBI Extortion Investigation; More Files Being Processed for Release

Oct 14, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Gawker.com continues to delve into the mysteries of Walter Cronkite’s destroyed FBI files and has discovered that the former CBS anchor’s name surfaced in conjunction with an extortion investigation.

After submitting a FOIA request, the site got a packet of info with numbering that it says indicates the investigation involved extortion; Cronkite was just one of three names involved and an FBI spokesman said he wasn’t the subject of the investigation. No other details could be gleaned.

The spokesman also told Gawker that "at least two or three" other files on Cronkite are being processed for release.

–Elizabeth Jensen

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