FBI Acknowledges Withers Was Informant

The FBI admitted for the first time this week that the late Memphis photographer Ernest Withers had served as an informant, confirming a 14-year relationship between the noted civil rights photographer and the agency. In an affidavit filed in federal court in Washington, the FBI formally acknowledged Withers was an FBI confidential informant and that the bureau withheld Withers' file from The Commercial Appeal, which first asked for it four years ago.