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September 19, 1974
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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09T00207R001000020069-8 WASFJ.NUluw Jinal 19 SEP 1974 Ford, Kissinger Brief Hill By Jeremiah O'Leary Star-News Staff Writer President Ford and Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger today briefed congressional leaders at a White House breakfast on foreign policy matters - presumably including the controversial role of the CIA in Chile now under investigation by the Senate, Foreign Relations Commit- tee. Also reportedly on the agenda at the meeting were the U.S. Position on the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks and detente with the Soviet Union, on which Kissinger was scheduled to, give a major statement,-,to the Senate Foreign Rela- tions Committee later today. The leaders also were thought to have received up-to-date information from Kissinger and the President on the state of negotiations with the nations of the Mid- dle East and on the develop- ments to be expected at the United Nations General Assembly. Included among the con- gressional guests today were: House Speaker Carl Albert, D-Okla.; Majority Leader Thomas (Tip) O'-' Neil, D-Mass.; Minority' Leader John Rhodes, R-. Ariz.; Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, D- Mont.; and Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott, R-Pa. THE MEETING took place just two hours before Kissinger was scheduled to make what was described by State Department spokesman Robert Ander- son as a major statement of 50 to 60 pages to the Senate committee on SALT, de- tente and the whole spec- trum of U.S. relations with the Soviet Union. Anderson told reporters yesterday the United States has' now reached a unified position on nuclear arms limitation. Informed sources said there had been) differences between the; positions of Kissinger and Defense Secretary James R. Schlesinger but that these differences had been resolv- ed by decision of President Ford. - The decision is believed to have been refined by the President last weekend at a National Security Council j meeting. This decision is! believed to have been trans- I mitted to Ambassador U.1 Alexis Johnson, chief of the U.S. negotiators at the Geneva SALT talks which resumed yesterday. Johnson said he is "reasonably optimistic" that a comprehensive 10- year agreement with M.ios- cow can be achieved next year on SALT II. WESTERN disarmament experts, however, said they doubt that any far-reaching pact could be achieved so soon. The second round of SALT began almost two years ago and the most re- cent high-level discussion in , Moscow got nowhere be- cause, experts believe, the Russians were dealing with the United'States in the waning days of President Nixon's administration. Kissinger can hardly avoid informing the Cony gress of more details of the role of the CIA in Chile against the Marxist regime of President Salvador Al- lende. The CIA ' was authorized by the "40 Com- mittee" on covert activities, headed by Kissinger, to spend up to $11 million in Chile until just before the military overthrew Allende Sept. 11, 1973. Members of Congress have been react- ing angrily to the evident i lack of control by the legis- lative branch over clandes-~ tine activities of the CIA. THE SENATE Foreign Relations Committee staff has been ordered by Chair' man J. William Fulbright, D-Ark., to investigate the entire episode and report back next week. Some of the congressional anger was aimed at news leaks of recommendations by sub- committee counsel Jerome Levinson that would have reopened Kissinger's con- firmation hearings and charged former high rank- ing State Department offi- cials with both perjury and contempt. The subcommittee recom- mended perjury proceedings against former Asst. Secretary of State Charles E. Meyer and for- mer CIA Director Richard Helms. Contempt proceed- ings were recommended against former Ambassador to Chile Edward Korry, among others, for his refus- al to answer questions dur- ing the hearings without a legal basis. United Press Internation- al, meanwhile, quoted Korry as saying that during the 1970 presidential elec- tion the U.S. Embassy in Santiago was approached for contributions by "high level fund raisers" to all three candidates. Korry said Allende's fund raiser asked for $1 million. KORRY MADE the state- ment at an Aug. 15 seminar at Georgetown University and UPI obtained a copy of it. The U.S. government made no contributions to any of the candidates," the statement said. However, Korry said the Nixon administration offer- ed Chile "an incredibly generous economic pack- age" to enable Allende to compensate three nationalized U.S.-based firms - ITT and the two copper companies Anacon- da and Kennecott. "To reach an accommo- dation," he said, "the U.S. offered Allende a deal which could only be de- scribed as the most incred- ibly generous package we have ever offered any gov- ernment in an economic relationship." He indicated i the offer was made in early 1971. He said Washington pro- posed to underwrite Chilean bonds with "the full faith and credit of the American Treasury, if the Allende re- gime would negotiate a set- tlement with ITT and the two copper companies." Korry said Allende reject- ed the offer "for ideological reasons," fearing that he would have lost support for his Marxist-Socialist gov- ernment by accepting help- from the United States. Allende felt, Korry said, "that if he accepted the deal - and he told me this himself - there would be no `Chilean revolution'." 00W?8 Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09T00207R001000020069-8 STAT