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September 18, 1974
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Approved For Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09TOO207RO01000020087-8 WASHINGTON STAR 18 SEP 1974 Ch'I'le nKl'o'eport Leak Irks Senators By Jeremiah O'Leary "It's nonsense. But if the inger -as ambassador to Stw-Nan Staff RMbe President and the Senate Britain after January. The Senate Foreign Rela- want me to testify, I will." The committee's problem Meanwhile Kissinger met with the Levinson report tions Committee has as- with President Ford yester- seems to be that at least sumed charge of the investi- day and the White House some of the hitherto secret gation of the CIA-Chile con- said later the secretary of troversy and is expected to state was assured that he come up with a much more would not be replaced as bland viewpoint than that of principal presidential the multinational corpora- adviser on national securi- tions. subcommittee legal ty. staff. As assistant for national Many members of the full security Kissinger, among committee reacted with out- other duties, directs the rage at the "confidential" interdepartmental 40 Com- report from Jerry Levinson mittee, whose approval is to Subcommittee Chairman required before the CIA can Frank Church, D-Idaho, undertake a major covert which was leaked to the operation. Star-News, The Washington Post, and The New York Committee members, Times at least 24 Hours be- reacting to the Levinson j fore most of the senators recommendation, seemed had seen a copy. united in expressing their. It was difficult to detect concern over the leak. whether the indignition was "I'm too mad to talk," directed at the leak or the said Sen. Hugh Scott, R-Pa. contents of the Levinson re- Even Church, whose' port. Levinson's recommen- " criticism of the U.S. policy dations had the flavor of an toward Chile is unqualified, indictment, charging Secre- acknowledged, "We all felt tary of State Henry A. Kis- indignation' about the singer with deceit and, call- leaks." ing for reopening of his con- firmation hearings; former CIA Director Richard Helms and former Assistant Secre- tary of State Charles A. Myer with perjury and recommending a contempt citation against former Ambassador to Chile Ed- ward Korry. Kissinger said last night at a party honoring retiring Sens. George Aiken and Sam Ervin: information about activities of the CIA in Chile, authorized by the "40 Com- mittee" at the White House under Kissinger, had been told to committee members long before public disclo- sure of the details last week. It was developed in the Levinson report that Kiss- inger gave some details of the Chile operation against Marxist President Salvador Allende last September that were previously held in secrecy. The deleted.part of Kiss- ingek's testimony that is part of the committee tran- script reads, "The CIA was heavily involved in 1964 in the election, was in a very minor way involved in the 1970 election and since then we have stayed absolutely away from any coups. Our efforts in Chile were to strengthen the democratic political parties and give them a basis for winning in 1976, which we expressed our hope was that Allende could be defeated in a free democratic election (sic)." LEVINSON'S report found this Kissinger state- ment misleading and con- tends. there was more than minor involvement. Fur- thermore, CIA Director Wil- liam Colby testified before the Western Hemisphere subcommittee of the Ful- bright committee last November and evidently admitted the CIA had done more than merely keep alive a democratic political opposition in Chile. The delimma for the full committee is that it already had received testimony to some extent of CIA activi- ties in Chile and could hard- ly react as indignantly as if it was hearing this for the first time in the letter of Rep. Michael J.'Harring- ton, D-Mass, detailing. these activities. FULBRIGHT and Church left no doubt that they find it difficult to exercise restraint on the CIA. Fulbright said he agreed with Harrington that there should be a joint committee to oversee CIA activities but admitted there were not enought votes to establish this system. President Ford tried to field the CIA-Chile ball at his press conference and fumbled. He said the U.S. effort was to prevent Al- lende from destroying oppo- sition news media. The fact is that Allende, much as he might have wished it, never managed to put a . single newspaper out of business. Since the Sept. 11, 1973, military coup, which result- ed in Allende's death, every opposition newspaper in Chile has been eliminated.. Correspondents in Chile during Allende's nearly three years well remember that the press, both for and against the regime, was wildly free to the point of total irresponsibility once they got over their appre- hension about Allende's ability to molest them. 00761 Approved For Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09TOO207RO01000020087-8 WHILE DENYING that the committee had stripped the subcommittee of its mandate to pursue the CIA- Chile Chile affair further, Church I said, "The "committee has.! set aside those conclusions (of Levinson) and voted to conduct an investigation of its Own.- Sen. J. William Fulbright, D-Ark., the lame-duck chairman of the full com- mittee, said the panel order- ed its staff to gather ally relevant material and re- port next week. Fulbright said committee staff chief Pat M. Holt would be in charge of the investigation. Fulbright, too, was critical of the leaks and said the staff of the subcommittee has no business putting out such a document. Fulbright said the com-1 mittee will decide whetherl it wants to recall Kissinger) for another round of ques- tioning on CIA operations in! Chile after it receives the) Holt Report. Fulbright said, it would cause him no prob-i lem to preside over a hear-! ing with Kissinger in the''