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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09T00207R001000020092-2 NEW YORK TIMES FORD TO BRIEF FIVE: ONI,C,I,A. ACTIVITIES He and Kissinger Schedule Session With Leaders of Congress Today By SEYMOUR M. HERSH WASHINGTON, Sept. 18- Secretary of State Kissinger an- nounced today that he and President Ford would person ally brief five House and Sen-; ate leaders tomorrow on the scope of the Central Intelligence Agency's covert operations. "We will put it before them in detail and ask them, 'w'hat do you want"' Mr. Kissingeri said aboard Air Force One as it returned here from New York, where President Ford ad- dressed the United Nations. Aclrninistration officials said that the President had decided to brief the Congressional lc d i C, S ?.'c:r Li"i (soon(; de:rti :e of! all C.I.A. covert activities in his news conference Ivlnndayl night. The President publicly, confirmed then that the agency j had been involved in clandestine efforts in Chile, but he de-i picted them as having been aimed only at aiding new?spaperi and politicians opposing Presi- dent Salvador Allende Gos,~ens, i who, Mr. Ford said, was at- tempting to suppress criticism. Senate Study Planned The White House's anounce- ment followed the Senate For- eign Relations Committee's an- nouncement yesterday that it had authorized a 1 l-scale stud into Zia -been.-galled mislea _SeStiu~eu --ia.~ Jne Se ate o~ thecre in e. Targets of that inquiry are known to include, Richard Helms former Director of Cen- t a ntelligence; Johhn__I-Ien- ri,es,Sey, a former Treas--ury e- partment official, tv,UZfnurner hi -ley. agent;-of- fi dr sginger+{m. se14-who testified about United States involvement in Chilei during his Senate confirmation' hearings last fall. Those invited to the briefin tomorrow, Mr. Kissinger said were the Senate Democratici leader, Mike Mansfield of Mon- tana; the Senate Republican leader, Hugh Scott of Pennsyl-I vania; Speaker of the House Carl Albert of Oklahoma; the! House Democratic leader, Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. of Massa- chusetts, and the House Re- publican leader John J. Rhodes of Arizona. Administration officials said that Mr. Kissinger and Fresi-! dent Ford were confident that' covert operations --- su:_?!! as:, those in Chile -- could be de-1 fended on national security, grounds. If these operationsi were dropped, these officials in- sisted, an "overwhelm' t q e" could be ma e na R ~r~thei security. of Jie y tell Sfaics I would be increa.ti .,,. _ A Philosophical Question One high-level official, asked whether such beliefs on the part of Mr. Kissinger and President Ford amounted to an endorse- ment of United States interucn:i Lion 1 f rei r. :,i lint ies, lei;lieu that the question was a philo-~ sophical one worth debating. Concern over lack of effec- tive Congressional oversight has been repeatedly expressed by ranking Senate and House members since newspaper dis- closures last week that the C.I.A.. despite prior disclaimers, had been authorized by Mr. Kissinger and President Nixon! to spend more than S8-million between 1970 and 1973 in an effort to make it more difficult for Mr. Allende, a Marxist, to govern. The Chilean President w,asi overthrown last year in a mili. tary coup d'etat in which he died. Representative Dante B. Fas- cell, Democrat of Florida, re- newed his call today for more effective control over the Cen tral Intelligence Aeency after a series of hearings that ended to- day before his inter-American affairs subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Commit- tee. Mr. Fascell said he was "deeply distressed" that he and his cnlleaeues had not been fully informed of the agency' activities in testimony giv earlier this year by William Cotter. the Director of Central Intelligence. STAT STAT 00768 Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09T00207R001000020092-2