(OAU) in Cairo. One informant report claimed he was out “to embarrass the United States” by telling Africa about our “ill treatment of the Negro.” Malcolm knew he was being shadowed by government agents, telling a friend that “our Muslims don’t have the resources to finance a worldwide spy network.”12 While he was eating at the Nile Hilton, he recognized the waiter as a man he’d seen before in New York. Malcolm was rushed to a hospital just in time to have his stomach pumped. The doctor said there’d been something toxic in the food. By then, of course, the waiter had disappeared. Malcolm recovered, and urged the OAU leaders to consider African-American problems like their own and talk about this at the U.N. The State Department then alerted President Johnson of an informant’s report that Malcolm X and related “extremist groups” were receiving money from certain African states to ignite race riots. Johnson asked Hoover to look into this, and the State Department sent a memo to Richard Helms, the man in charge of clandestine operations at the CIA. The FBI told the CIA that the charges were trumped up. But Helms went ahead and authorized increasing surveillance on Malcolm X.13 Over at the FBI, Director Hoover wrote in a memo: “There are clear and unmistakeable signs that we are in the midst of a social revolution with the racial movement at its core. The Bureau, in meeting its responsibilities in this area, is an integral part of this revolution.”14 John Lewis, the future congressman, was part of SNCC (the Student NonViolent Coordinating Committee) at the time, when he happened to run into Malcolm X in Nairobi. Lewis remembers Malcolm telling him “in a calm, measured way he was convinced that somebody wanted him killed.”15 He kept extending his stay abroad, before finally flying back to the U.S. Louis X, known today as Louis Farrakhan, released a public statement: “Such a man as Malcolm is worthy of death.” Years later, Farrakhan admitted to filmmaker Spike Lee that he’d “helped contribute to the atmosphere that led to the assassination of Malcolm X.”16 As Malcolm’s influence grew, the CIA and FBI were only too happy to take advantage of the worsening divide between him and the followers of Elijah Muhammad. Malcolm seemed resigned to this. “Those talks [overseas] broadened my outlook and made it crystal clear to me that I had to look at the struggle in America’s ghettos against the background of a worldwide struggle of oppressed peoples,” he told a friend. “That’s why, after every one of my trips abroad, America’s rulers see me as being more and more dangerous. That’s why I feel in my bones the plots to kill me have already been hatched in high places.