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What were the 1960s all about, after all? It turns out that Timothy Leary — the counterculture superstar who counseled that generation to “turn on, tune in, drop out” — was also an informant for the FBI who fingered members of the Weather Underground. It was the Weatherman who helped Leary escape from a California jail when he faced a ten year prison sentence for marijuana possesion in 1970. And Leary, recaptured later, ratted out his former helpmates to speed his own release. The news must be causing bad flashbacks throughout the geriatric radical chic.

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