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February 14, 1977
� -- Approved for Release: 2017/11/07 C06708817 sr EmoT REIvAsABLE To FOREIcN NATIONALS--NOT RELEASABLE CON1RACTIIR. IR CONTRACTOR/CONSULTANTS- iSSEMINATION AND EXTRACTION OF INFORMTION CONTROLLED BY ORIGIN,�Tno CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY WAsiw4Grot4, , vv; (b)(3) KARNINt; SENSITIVE INTELLIGENCE SOURCES AND METHODS INVOLVED Ar "EXCLUM"01" OFuratiT ois u fits__ 14 FE8 1977 MEMORANDUM FOR: Ambassador Douglas L. Heck Director of the Office for Combatting Terrorism (M/CT) FROM: William W. Wells Deputy Director for Operations SUBJECT: 1. Allegation that Mr. William F. Nichous is Alive and May Soon Be Released 2. THIS DOCUMENT WILL DE SHO� CIA REQUESTi-_-:BS. CUPH.S A f iOT BE CIT.:11 1 TO ANYONF D3 CU). (b)(1) (b)(3) 1. (b)(1) (b)(3) (b)(1) (b)(3) (b)(1) 2. the group of kidnappers who abducted and some of its members, Niehous is beginning to break up are severing their connections with the group. (WM Nichous is still alive and those holdtng him plan to rc1ea5q1DX3) him in the near future. 3. Niehous will be released because the. kidnappers are no longer receiving any favorable pub- licity; rather, what little publicity they do receive is unfavorable, and they arc Considered by the general public to be sadistic because ol the suffering inilicted on the victim's wife and family. In Ndditinn, the kidnappers have received no money and, iii vic;.: (it' the hard-line position of the Venezuelan Government, see little chance Classified by Sign (b)(1) (b)(3) Approved for Release: 2017/11/07 C06708817 Approved for Release: 2017/11757-606708817 WCRHT/NOT RlillIASABLE TO FOREIGN NATIONW-NOT RELEASABLE TO CONTRACTOW JR CONTRACTOR/CONSULTANTS �ISSEMINATION . AND EXTRACTION'OF INFORMATION CONTROLLED BY OR WARNING NOTICE SENSITIVE INTELLIGENCE SOURCES AND METHODS INVOLVED of acquiring any ransom. They view continuing to hold Niehous as increasingly dangerous to their own safety and also they continue to he saddied with the expenses Of holding Niehous captive. � 4. (b)(1) (b)(3) (b)(1) (b)(3) (b)(1) (b)(3) 6. claims that Niehous is alive and playing cards with his captors at in the Caracas metropolitan arc:1. spends most of his time a location somewhere (b)(1) (b)(3) 7. Comment: These are believed to be the (b)(1) (h)cl) first reports in many months which allege that Mr. Niehor is alive. (b)(1) (b)(3) 2 OrnsIrT Approved for Release: 2017/11/07 C06708817 Approved for Release: 2017/11/07 C06708817 SnCRET/NOT REI/'-'SABLE TO FOREIGN NATIONAU---NOT RELEASABLE TO CONTRACTORS OR CONTRACTOR/CONSULTANTS-0ISSEMINATION AND EXTRACTION OF INFORMATION CONTROLLED BY ORIGINATOR. WARNING NOTICE SENSITIVE INTELLIGENCE SOURCI AND METHODS INVOLVED It should be kept in mind that M(1) as the 27 February 1977 anniversary date of the kidnapping (b)(3) approaches many reports may surface which arc of a dubious and conflicting nature.) R. (b)(1) (b)(3) /iv rn-7:ond A. W3rrela 4" William W. wells (b)(3) SECRET Approved for Release: 2017/11/07 C06708817