As many viewers know, Judas and the Black Messiah focuses on William O’Neal’s actions as an FBI informant that led to the assassination of Black Panther Chicago chapter leader Fred Hampton. The film buttresses the performances by Lakeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya with real footage of O’Neal during his first and only interview filmed for the documentary series Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads 1965-1985. Now you can watch his full interview on YouTube. A transcript of O’Neal’s interview is also available.
According to The Grio, Pilot Media has uploaded the entire documentary in two parts, with the second featuring O’Neal’s interview. In his interview, he talks about realizing the information he’d given the FBI led to Hampton’s death as well as the death of another Black Panther leader Mark Clark. Hampton and Clark were 21 and 22 years old at the time of their deaths.
“I just began to realize that the information that I supplied leading up to that moment, I had facilitated that raid. I knew that indirectly, I contributed, and I felt bad about it,” he said. “Then I got mad…and then I had to conceal those feelings, which made it worse. I couldn’t say anything. I just had to continue to play the role.”
This is the first time the doc has been on YouTube in full. Prior to this a short clip from it was posted in 2016.
Judas and the Black Messiah is currently streaming on HBO Max.