Who is Danny Bakewell, the Black L.A. power broker named in the Nury Martinez audio?
Bakewell founded and ran the Black Panther Party in the 1970s and 80s. In that capacity, he also founded and directed its offshoot, The Oakland Black Panther Party, which merged with the Black Liberation Army and was designated by the FBI as a “domestic terrorist” organization due to its affiliation with the Panther Party, the Black Guerrilla Family, and other radical factions.
In the 1980s, Bakewell became one of the nation’s most feared and feared men, working closely with right-wing author and former Black Panther Party official Angela Davis. At times, Bakewell and Davis even shared homes to the point that they moved in together, but they also worked together on a host of political and radical causes. When the FBI labeled Davis a domestic terrorist, Bakewell stepped in and was appointed to head the domestic terrorism unit within the Bureau.
He later moved to the CIA as an analyst. When then-CIA Director James Woolsey was indicted on charges of obstruction of justice, racism, and lying to Congress, Bakewell served as a key witness against Woolsey. He then went on to serve as director of the Counter Terrorism Center in the White House.
In the ensuing nine years, during which he had multiple roles in U.S. intelligence circles, he and his wife divorced and then remarried in 2014.
When he was named in the Nury Martinez tape, he was already working for the FBI. He first joined the FBI in 1983 and got stationed in Los Angeles.
So it’s reasonable to assume he has an FBI file and he probably already knew about the Martinez scandal. If he did, it would explain why he was so publicly unmasked in the Martinez tape. More specifically, the fact that he was an undercover CIA agent should have been of interest to the FBI and the CIA, in that the two agencies have a long history of working together