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September 10, 1974
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Approved For Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09T00207RO01000020125-5 NEW YORK, NEW YORK POST. EVENING - 626,713 WEEKEND - 375,607- S EP 10 1174. Double-Standard Diplomacy A few weeks back, members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee concluded a special inquiry by warmly reaffirming their approval of the nomi- nation of Henry A. Kissinger as Secre- tary of State. Last. spring, it has now been revealed, there was another kind of confirmation hearing. It confirmed sus- picions that the. Central Intelligence Agency.had done its best-or worst-to bring down the Allende government in Chile. The proceedings, as we noted yester-. day, featured closed-door testimony by CIA Director Colby that the CIA was given authority to invest more-thmt"'M million between 1970 and 1973 to over- throw Allende-who died a year ago, assertedly by his own hand, after a ruthless military coup. Colby, a special- ist in covert CIA operations, explained that they had been approved by an in- telligence board headed by Kissinger. To Rep. Harrington (D-Mass), that information immediately suggested Con- gressional probing. While Kissinger has often objected that there should be no U. S. interference in Soviet "internal affairs"-such as policy on emigration. :--he apparently holds different views about American intervention in Chile. .But Harrington, a member of the House { Foreign Affairs Committee, has been un- { able so far to secure any commitment to investigate from either his group or its Senate counterpart. That is hard to understand, even though the Secretary has been treated by Congress as a sacrosanct personage for some time. Allende frequently charged that he was a CIA target- and he was evidently correct. Many of the most. prominent members of his government still suffocate in the junta's jails. And anxious speculation is in- evitable about how many other govern- ments are deemed by the CIA and the intelligence board headed by Kissinger to be appropriate subjects for U. S.- financed subversion. The issue is not whether the Allende regime was beyond reproach; it is, among other things, whether we have a double standard under which freely- i elected governments are subject to our covert sabotage while despotisms are considered beyond even moral remon- strance. Are these topics taboo for the Fuibright and Morgan committees? Who has a clearer duty to investigate them{ oo i Approved For Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09T00207RO01000020125-5