William Blum (born 1933) is an American author, historian, and critic of United States foreign policy. He studied accounting in college. He held a computer-related position at the United States Department of State in the mid-1960s. Initially an anti-communist with dreams of becoming a foreign service officer, he says he became disillusioned by the Vietnam War.
He left the Department in 1967. He then became one of the founders and editors of the Washington Free Press, the first "alternative" newspaper in the capital. In 1969, he wrote and published an exposé of the CIA in which was revealed the names and addresses of more than 200 employees of the Agency. He has worked as freelance journalist in the United States, Europe and South America. From 1972 to 1973 Blum worked as a journalist in Chile, where he reported on the Allende government's attempts to distance Chile from US influence. In the mid-1970s, he worked in London with ex-CIA agent Philip Agee and his associates "on their project of exposing CIA personnel and their misdeeds". He supports himself with his writing and speaking engagements on college campuses.
In his writing, Blum devotes substantial attention to CIA interventions and assassination plots. He has supported Ralph Nader's presidential campaigns. He currently circulates a monthly newsletter by email called "The Anti-Empire Report".
Osama bin Laden statement
In early 2006, Blum briefly became the subject of widespread media attention when Osama bin Laden allegedly issued a public statement which quoted Blum and recommended that all Americans read Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower. As a result of the mention sales of his book skyrocketed.  Rogue State shot up from 205,763 to 26 on Amazon.com's index of the most-ordered books. In a May 22, 2006 article entitled, Come Out of the White House With Your Hands Up, Blum wrote, "Since the bin Laden recommendation, 19 January, I have not been offered a single speaking engagement on any campus . . .This despite January-May normally being the most active period for me and other campus speakers."
William Blum on WikiSpooks
- Uruguay 1964 to 1970
- Killing Hope Introduction
- Italy 1947-1948
- Iraq 1990-91
- Guatemala 1962 to1980's
- Indonesia 1957-58
- Ecuador 1960 to 1963
- Cuba 1959 to 1980's
- Bulgaria 1990-Albania 1991
- Afghanistan 1979-1992
- Angola 1975 to 1980's
- 1986: The CIA: A Forgotten History (Zed Books) ISBN 0-86232-480-7
- 2000: Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower (Common Courage Press) ISBN 1-56751-194-5
- 2002: West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir (Soft Skull Press) ISBN 1-56751-306-9
- 2003: Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II, revised edition (Common Courage Press) ISBN 1-56751-252-6
- 2004: Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire (Common Courage Press)
- Bill Blum's ZSpace Page, Z Magazine online, accessed 31 May 2008.
- Blum, William On Liberals, Phil Agee, and the 9-11 Truth Movement, Dissident Voice, January 14, 2008. Accessed 31 May 2008.
- Bin Laden boosts book sales Sydney Morning Herald 21 January 2006
- William Blum's Homepage Anti-empire reports
- Bio Files: William Blum
- William Blum's articles in Foreign Policy Journal.
- William Blum's articles in Z Communications.
- William Blum's articles at the Centre for Research on Globalization.
- William Blum's articles at Third World Traveler.
- America's most feared man An interview with Blum from Liverpool's 'Nerve' magazine
- William Blum in the Media Whirlwind Transcript of William Blum’s Jan. 28, 2006 appearance on C-Span's call-in show Washington Journal