55 years ago today - Apr 29, 1966

BYU president Ernest L. Wilkinson makes the first reference in his diary to receiving reports from the student "spy ring" he has authorized and which becomes a national scandal within ten months. Among the "liberal" professors targeted is economist Richard B Wirthlin who resigns from BYU in protest, serves as a political strategist for conservative U.S. president Ronald Reagan (1980-88), and becomes a general authority in 1996.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database (http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase)]. See Wilkinson diary, 29 Apr.]

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