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April 2, 1978
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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/08/05: CIA-RDP09T00207R001000030015-6 PHOENIX REPUBLIC 2 April 1978 Bad Deal For Berrellez ;Robert Berrellez comm lienjury and obstructed the inves. that the CIA secretly sought to de- cmmunism in every govern- ose HE .courts will decide whether for years; and liberals have done ;++,204 their-best to persuade the world p ment in the world before it was tripped up, along with the FBI, at Watergate. Back in 1973 several ITT offi- cials, including Berrellez, were questioned about the alleged col- laboration between the company and the CIA with the intention of. influencing the outcome of an election in Chile. . The material unearthed by the Senate committee was submitted.. artment to a D ti ep ce by the Jus federal grand jury in Washington. No indictments were returned. But on March 20 of this year, one day before the statute of limita- tions would have made it impossi- alleged crimes, the department The trial has started, and .prob-. dreary week. v Without predicting the outcome,, we do think it was unconscionable of the prosecutorial arm, of. the. U.S. government to have waited so long to file charges if: it had any kind of a case at all.. . ' dan- And we think* it would be erous to the security of the was'living abroad. - But it doesn't require a judicial hearing to realize that someone is. out to make an example of Ber-' rellez as a big bad American busi- nessman who meddled in the internal affairs of a foreign gov- ernment. Berrellez works for the' International Telephone and'Tele- graph._Co.. He..--was in_- Latin America for years and now is the . company's public relations dired- tor in the Southwest. 'Born in Nogales, he ryas edu- cated in Arizona. He decided to become- a- newspaperman and went to work for the Associated Press.. in Phoenix. Bilingual, knowledgeable, able, he. became a roving correspondent for the AP with headquarters in Mexico City. He was in Cuba when Fidel Castro came to power, and spent six months in jail for the crime of beirig-'an American newsman.. If Berrellez is found guilty in his tri"al?in Washington, he may go to jail for- having been an American businessman who helped the Cen- tral Intelligence Agency while he tigation of a multinational corpo- ration when he testified before a Senate subcommittee. . . been: kicking the matter around court. CIA helped remove Salvador Al the conclusion that they could not en a as head of a Marxist govern- talk to American intelligence offi- nientt in Chile. Congressmen have. cers -without ending up in federal: nessmen living abroad reached I Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/08/05: CIA-RDP09T00207R001000030015-6