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September 17, 1974
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Approved For Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09TOO207RO01000020100-2 17 SEP 1974 CIA Targeted on - Perjury for his refusal to answef uestion with l t l q s ou a ega basis for his refusal. Whether or not perjury was committed, Levinson wrote, "It seems clear that the testimony of Meyer, Counsel for the Senate Multinational Corporations 'Korry, (CIA Western Hemisphere chief William) subcommittee have recommended that perjury pro- Broe and Helms was contumacious. The subcommit- ceedings be initiated by the Justice Department tee, should therefore, aside from possible perjury, against former Asst. Secretary of State Charles E. initiate contempt proceedings against all four indi- Meyer and former CIA Director Richard Helms' viduals named above." because of their testimony denying any U.S. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee meets financial or other intervention into the affairs today in executive session to consider the Levinson of Chile. report and other matters. It is understood the Jerry Levinson, subcommittee staff attorney, in a Church subcommittee has not met on the Levinson By Jeremiah O'Leary star-News staff writer confidential document prepared for Chairman Frank Church, D-Idaho, also recommended that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee reopen the confirmation hearings of Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger because of indications that he "deceiv- ed the committee in the course of his confirmation hearing with respect to the extent and object of the CIA's activities in Chile." The controversy over whether the United States covertly intervened in the politics of Chile against the government of Salvador Allende has focused anew on covert operations by the CIA. At his press conference last night, President Ford conceded that "our government, like other govern- ments, does take certain actions in the intelligence field to help implement foreign policy and protect national security". Ford denied, however, that the United States had any role in the coup which overthrew the Allende re- gime a year ago. The President said that the CIA money was made available in response to Allende's efforts to destroy the free press and opposition parties in Chile and that the monies sent to Chile were to thwart that particular end. He said that the so-called 40 Committee should continue in existence but said that the Congress will be contacted to.see-if some more elaborate report- ing system can be divised. Chairman J. William Fulbright, D-Ark and other committee members for the first time today. Levinson also recommended that the subcommit- tee reopen its 1973 hearings on the International Telephone & Telegraph role in Chile for the limited purpose of obtaining the testimony pursuant to sub- poena of former National Security Council Latin American officer Arnold Nachmanoff and Ambassa- dor Viron P. Vaky, Nachmanoff's predecessor, on the forumulation of NSC policy toward Chile. Levin- son recommended that the subcommittee hold in abeyance possible perjury or contempt proceedings against Hennessy. The controversy came alive last week when Har- rington, D-Mass, disclosed testimony of CIA Direc- tor Colby_ at closed meetings of the House Armed Services Committee on Intelligence. Colby reported-1 ly testified the Nixon administration authorized more than $8 million be spent for covert CIA activi- ties in Chile between 1970 and 1973 to make it impos- sible for Allende to govern. These decisions were made by the "40 Committee" of the NSC, which clears CIA activities, under the chairmanship of Kissinger. LEVINSON and his staff reviewed the transcript of the ITT-Chile hearings, Kissinger's confirmation nearings and testimony by former Ambassador Na- thaniel Davis and former Asst. Secretary of State Jack Kubisch before several congressional commit- tees. Michael J.) Harrington summary of the (CIA Direc- The subcommittee attorneys found there was no tor William) Colby testimony is laid against the basis for perjury in the testimony of Broe, Vaky or transcripts of the above (previous) hearings, it ap, former Secretary of Commerce Peter Peterson. But pears that Meyer committed perjury before the sub- he said Davis was "misleading" a Senate Western committee in stating that the policy of the U.S. gov- ! Hemisphere subcommittee when he testified the The Levinson report declares, "When the (Rep. ernment was 'nonintervention' in the Chilean political process; Ambassador Helms in the course of his confirmation hearing committed perjury in stating that no money was passed to opponents of Allende and that no attempt was made in the Sep- tember 1970 Chilean elections to prevent Allende from becoming president. "Asst. Secretary of the Treasury (John) Hen- nessy, depending on the exact state of his knowl- edge, either perjured himself or seriously misled the subcommittee in stating that the primary considera- tion in U.S. economic policy toward the Allende government was Chile's credit worthiness,' Levinson advised Church that former Ambassa- dor to Chile Edward Korry refused to answer rele- vant questions and ^a ve "misleading" testimony but phrased his words so carefully that there is no basis for perjury. But he recommended that the subcom- mittee initiate contempt proceedings against Ko :-1, United States did its best to maintain a correct rela- tionship with the Chilean government. In public testimony during the confirmation proc- ess, Kissinger declared the CIA had nothing to do with the Sept. 11,1973, coup against Allende. But Levinson cited a deleted part of Kissinger's state- men't which states, "The CIA was heavily involved in 1964 in the election, was in a very minor way in- volved in the 1970 election and since then we have absolutely stayed away from any coups." Levinson 'said the impression left by the Kissinger testimony was that there was no more than "minor involve- ment" in the 1970 election. Kissinger must have known, Levinson wrote, that expending funds for destabilization in Chile had to enhance the possibility and probability of the coup which took place the day Kissinger testified. The report cites the repeated testimony of Meyer at the ITT-Chile hearings that U.S. policy was for nonintervention in Chile and that this policy never Approved For Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09TOO207RO01000020100-2 00981 ttnued Approved For Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09TOO207RO01000020100-2 changed. Levinson said the Colby testimony contradicts Meyer's testimony and added that Meyer testified the policy could not have been changed without his knowing it. Helms testified during his confirmation hearing for the ambassadorship to Iran that no money was passed by CIA to opponents of Allende. Levinson said the Harrington version of the Colby testimony contradicts this. Korry refused to answer questions about CIA activities in Chile or communications be- tween the State Department and the embassy when he was in Santiago. ?O .f 8, Approved For Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09TOO207RO01000020100-2