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The FBI has released its file on Playboy founder and former editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner two years after his death.
The 58-page heavily-redacted document goes all the way back to 1958, five years after Hefner launched the magazine.
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The file revealed that the intelligence service interviewed Hefner several times in the late 1950s and early 1960s over what the FBI called 'obscene material'.
In a memo to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, the agent in charge of Hefner's file suggested that the FBI surveil Hefner to determine if he was breaking laws.
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The question was whether Hefner and his photographer, identified by the FBI as Edward Oppman, wanted to transport 'pornographic images' across state lines.
Several of the grainy typewritten pages detail their movements.
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Oppman regularly went to Hefner's 'frequent late hour parties' that 'sometimes last through the night' at his fourth-floor apartment on Chicago's Ohio Street, the FBI's document states.
But the FBI found Hefner and Oppman did not violate any laws.
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'Persons interviewed advised that Hefner too clever to violate Federal or local laws,' a summary of the investigation reads.
Hefner at the time told the FBI that his magazine was like Esquire.
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He was temporarily banned in 1958 from mailing the magazine after a complaint that it was 'obscene'.
He was arrested in 1963 by authorities in Chicago for publishing photos of actress Jayne Mansfield in bed with a man that the city deemed 'obscene and suggestive'.
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The FBI's file includes newspaper clippings about Hefner's arrest.
One article says the pictures that led to his arrest on obscenity charges show 'a well-endowed movie female sprawling about in various stages of nudity'.
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'Our view is that mass-produced lewdness can have a weakening, damaging effect on the moral framework...
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