The infamous kidnapping of heiress Patty Hearst was orchestrated by the CIA to smear civil rights activists and Vietnam War protestors! That's the shocking claim by the author of the upcoming book Revolution's End: The Patty Hearst Kidnapping, Mind Control, and the Secret History of Donald DeFreeze and the SLA.
"It was one of the most audacious cases of government duplicity in American history," author Brad Schreiber told RadarOnline.com.
Hearst, granddaughter of newspaper titan William Randolph Hearst, was a 19-year-old college student when she was snatched at gunpoint by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) on Feb. 4, 1974.
Hearst "joined" the SLA in an armed robbery, renamed herself "Tania" and made propaganda tapes supporting the urban guerilla group.
But Schreiber says the SLA leader, convict Donald "Cinque" DeFreeze, was also brainwashed — by the CIA, which wanted him to set up the "violent and purposely irresponsible, false revolutionary group."
The CIA planned to lump the SLA in with legitimate left-wing revolutionaries like the Black Panthers to discredit them!
The agency groomed DeFreeze for his role with "mind control drugs" at a prison hospital, broke him out of prison, and put the plan to kidnap Hearst into place, Schreiber says.
DeFreeze and other SLA members were taken down in a hail of bullets by Los Angeles cops on May 17, 1974. Hearst was finally captured on Sept. 18, 1975.
She was sentenced to seven years in prison in 1976, but President Jimmy Carter commuted Patty's sentence in 1979.
"She should never have stood trial!" Schreiber insisted. "She was a pawn in a government conspiracy!"