Review Finds No Evidence F.B.I. Leaked Eagleton Data





A newspaper review of more than 1,000 pages of internal F.B.I. documents on Thomas F. Eagleton found no evidence that the agency leaked information about his treatment for depression, a revelation that ended his vice-presidential campaign.

The public disclosure of his mental illness and shock therapy forced him to withdraw as running mate of George McGovern in 1972. Some asked if the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which kept tabs on Mr. Eagleton since the ’50s, had shared his medical information with journalists or others.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch requested the F.B.I. file on Mr. Eagleton through the Freedom of Information Act after Mr. Eagleton, a former Missouri attorney general and United States senator, died in March 2007. In a report published Sunday, the newspaper said it had found no direct evidence countering the F.B.I.’s longtime denials that it had gathered information on Mr. Eagleton’s treatment or had provided that information to others.


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