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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

A Cousin in the Bureau

An FBI agent trying to get a peek at columnist Jack Anderson's files allegedly tricked his widow into signing a consent form after indulging her with some genealogy small talk.

Olivia Anderson told The Associated Press that she thought she was allowing the FBI to examine a limited number of files from the 1970s, not broad access to the nearly 200 boxes of her husband's papers.

Anderson, 79, said she met with FBI agent Leslie Martell twice and, indulging her passion for genealogy, determined that they could be distant cousins because they trace their families to the same vicinity of West Virginia.

"She didn't ask me to sign anything the first time. Maybe that's because I claimed her as a cousin," Anderson said. [Link]
This is why I never talk about genealogy without a lawyer present.

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