Wyoming governor supported canceling William Ayers speech at University of Wyoming
May 1, 2010
Gov. Dave Freudenthal was among those who agreed with canceling a talk by 1960s radical William Ayers at the University of Wyoming earlier this month.
In response to a records request by The Associated Press, the university on Friday released e-mails from the governor's chief of staff, Chris Boswell, and others regarding Ayers' visit.
Ayers co-founded the Weather Underground, a Vietnam-era anti-war group that claimed responsibility for a series of nonfatal bombings, including nonfatal explosions at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol.
Boswell said in one e-mail that Freudenthal would personally call for rescinding Ayers' invitation if UW President Tom Buchanan preferred. The university cited security concerns in canceling Ayers' talk.
Ayers spoke at UW on Wednesday night after a federal judge forced the school to host him.
The speech culminated a month-long fight over whether Ayers should be allowed to speak at the state's only four-year public university.