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September 26, 1974
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Approved For Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09TOO207RO01000020040-9 a UNIT MEETS ON CIi16EAN LEAKS Charges Against Harrington Weighed Over Release of Secret C.I.A. Testimony By SEYMOUR M. HERSH Special to The Sew York Ttma WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 A House Armed Services sub- committee today began -a pro- ceeding that could lead to dis- ciplinary charges against Rep- resentative Michael J. Harring- ton for his release of secret) Central Intelligence Agency; testimony on Chile. , j Mr. Harrington, Democrat of .Massachusetts, was questioned, behind closed doors for nearly! .two hours by members of the' -Armed Services intelligence subcommittee about his alleged violation of House rules in pre- paring and distributing a sum- mary of the testimony of Wil -liam,E. Colby,. Director of Cen- -tral Intelligence. . In that testimony, presented to the subcommitte on April) 22, Mr. Colby disclosed that his agency had been authorized by the Nixon Administration to ,spend clandestinel more than $8-million between 1970 and L973 in an effort to 'make it more difficult for President) -Sa'lvador Allende Gossens to! govern Chile. Reviewed the Transcript Mr. Harrington was per- mitted to review the transcript' in June: A month later he wrote confidential letters to the House Foreign Affairs Commit- tee and the Senate Foreign Re- lations Committee requesting a full inquiry into the role of the United States in the sub- sequent overthrow of Mr. Al- lende by a, military jinta last September. The Chilean Presi- dent died in the coup. In a memorandum made, available today, the intelligence,, subcommittee said that a dis- patch published Sept. 8 in Thel New York Times contained "in-, formation allegedly obtained by' Congressman Harrington from his reading of the transcript.", Since Mr. Harrington did not) receive permission to-make fur ther use of the testimony, they memorandum said, "it appears' evident that a direct violation"i of House rules regarding such' testimony was involved. e NEW YORK TIMES 2 6 . T 1970 The memorandum, dated Sept. 12, noted that while it was clear that secret materiil had been provided to news- papers, there was no infor- mation "presently available" that would show ,how the press learned of the Harrington let- ter. ' "it appears . evident," the memorandum added, "that Jhis I information was obt ined as :a result of" Mr. HarriAgton's re- - view of the Colby testimony, In previous dispatches, The New York Times has reported that it obtained a copy of Mr. Harrington's letter from out- side sources. Mr. Harrington was known even before today's hearing to- be under sharp criticism from senior members of the House and Senate Armed Services committes, which have respon- sibility for supervising the C.I.A.. The security breach is known to have been discussed during a publicized Congressional briefing last week at the White, House, attended by President Ford and Secretary of State Kis- singer. The briefing was to have, included ? the issue of - effective control of clandestine C.I.A. activities. Dismay- Is Expressed In a telephone interview to- day, Mr. Harrington expressed dismay at what he -termed the - subcommittee's intention to avoid conducting a full inquiry intot he Chilean situation.- "There's a gap-it's almost like a chasm -between their perception of the role played by the Congress and mine," he said. "I don't think we should. be involved in covert activities under any circumstances, and they sit there in eunuch-like fashion doing nothing at all about American policy. "Why, they don't even re- motely discuss the aporopri- I ateness of the classification) system and the Executive's control of it; and they don't want to discuss why our na- tional security wasn't chal- lenged by what Allende was) doing in Chile. They don't go beyond saying that there was a violation of the rules." . i Approved For Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09TOO207RO01000020040-9