FBI Releases Documents Revealing Burning Man Undercover Investigation
As the annual Burning Man comes to a close, the nearly 70,000 attendees it brought this year are beginning their exodus from the Black Rock Desert they called home for the last week (or several weeks). News just broke that actress Susan Sarandon even made an appearance on the playa bearing with her the ashes of author, psychologist and psychedelic drug activist Timothy Leary.
But the news that has been dominating headlines concerning the gathering is the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation recently released documents revealing an undercover investigation.
This disclosure by the FBI was in response to a 2012 public records request from journalist Inkoo Kang, although FBI declined to comment. The 16-page FBI report revealed findings from an undercover investigation which was conducting during the 2010 gathering.
Burning Man is reported to have been used for exercises in intelligence collection and anti-terrorism security, but was apparently "heavily redacted."
"The greatest known threat in this event is crowd control issues and use of illegal drugs by the participants," the report stated.
The official FBI documents have been posted online by Inkoo Kang and can be viewed here on MuckRock.com. The documents do not evidence what (if any) surveillance has taken place since 2010.