FBI Freedom of Information public information officer Linda Kloss declined to explain the reasons behind the decision not to post the Sinatra files, which date back to a 1938 mug shot and allegedly link the legendary singer with the Mafia, on the FBI Web site. "It was a policy decision," she said.
The FBI Web site currently contains the FBI's downloadable files on such celebrities as Lucille Ball, John Wayne, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Errol Flynn, Mickey Mantle, Marilyn Monroe, Pablo Picasso, Paul Robeson, Jackie Robinson, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. "We do that on a case-by-case basis," Kloss said. Kloss said the FBI only published released files on its Web site if they had significant historical and public interest.
The FBI received more than 30 Freedom of Information requests for the FBI's Sinatra files. And, on Tuesday, media outlets were snapping up the FBI's files on the legendary singer. At least one new media outlet -- APB Online -- has already posted large sections of the Sinatra files on its Web site. APB also features the FBI files on Rat Pack members Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Junior.
Sinatra, who died in May, aged 82, always denied he had ties to the Mafia.