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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/08/05: CIA-RDP09T00207R001000030019-2 B11- LTIi S A!,Er,Tp 8 MAR 1973 { J41 q-,nnilean y f'~ ~' Fa '~ + r, ., : d ? O'fir' ` ' / r T OT V!a Senate investigators suspect that the same "Mission: Impossible" team arrested at the Watergate may also have broken into ,the Chilean embassy several weeks earlier. And three Chilean diplomats in New York City, the investigators discovered, have been victims of similar, mysterious break- ins. In a memo intended for the eyes only of senators investigating ITT's operations in Chile, staff director Jerry Levinson report- ed: "A source with excellent contacts in the Cuban community told the subcommittee staff that Frank Sturgis had told other peo- ple that he and Martinez and Gonzales. two other Watergate defendants, had broken into the Embassy to photograph documents." Of the New York City break-ins, the memo stated: "We .. , learned from highly reliable government sources that the V,'ater- gate defendants were reported to have been 'tyorking out of the Taft Hotel' in New York City, that the Cuban community knew they had worked together, on CIA jobs over a number of years, and that Sturgis and Hal Hendrix of ITT's Public Relations Depart- ment had knov,ri each other for years." Levinson was cautious, however, about implicating ITT in the alleged Chilean ca- per. "Tile staff Of the subcommittee," he re- ported, "has, developed a number of leads suggesting a relationship between ITT and the team which was arrested at the Water- gate." But he stressed "that the case out- lined in this memorandum is circumstantial and that there is no hard evidence of ITT in- volvenient." Here, however, is the circumstantial case, which the subcommittee staff has pieced together from jigsaw pieces of intelli- gence: "Government and non?go?:entment sources alike have told us that the Cutian exile community has a pool of talent which was trained by the Cl:A and is availble for 'dirty tricks.' This talent has been used at one time or another by a number of fe(eral agencies for missions of 4uestionable legali- ty inside and outside of the United Stag-s. "Federal sources report the Cubans to be absolutely loyal, fan at:caliv anti?Conim,-:nist and willing to take nny risk. It is also likely that when 'teaons' were assembled fu:? oper- ations, only one or perhaps two rnrtttk rs kne .- who had requested and Was finaccii:g the operation. '` aihtn,'tott business and po!tt:ial sources report that al ':it right ,1ioarl.s foie the W+?ateIpate ,:rre'st, F. }in-.card thin: let it be kno'. It ,:stint the city "i it i:: a 'toam' avail tfor '>Iissirn i:ap ?-.`sic assigrimr'r.ts and that the I. ;1;-,i wilha~, to work for p: van' c!u ans. "It ing as 11w (orltra,',-,i):- fol. If!- Lid more than one o'nion', ;'ed I;:- .f (It- em wits iTT ttih:ch t%,ts intcrt itd ui et gain ing information about its negotiations over the fate of its investment in the Chilean Telephone Company. Re members of the team may have f-een recruited, thinking they were do:n, a patnotic thing to block a 'Communist' government. "ITT is the only likely contractor for op- erations against the Chileans. It claims to have an investment worth Si;;3 million in the Chilean Telephone Compare; it knew that documents were leaking from its files; it asked the Chilean government to move ne- gotiations from Santiago to Washintbn." We reported last week on other strange links betv:een the ITT and Watergate scan- dals. We noted, for examr e', that acting FBI chief L. Patrick Gray and convicted Waterga:e felon E. Howard Hunt had been involved in an abortive effort to discredit the famous Dita Beard merr.o, which tied a $,00.0 )0 political pledge from ITT with a set- tlement of its antitrust troubles. The Washington Post reported that Hunt, apparently disguised in an askew red wig, went to Denver to talk to '.trs. Beard about renouncing the met; o. We reported that Gray, rrea:rxhile, turned the orin;tnri memo over to ITT for its experts to try to discred- it. Gray refused to comment aher, we called the FBI for his response. Q: sttu-.ed' sen- ators under oath, however. he te=,L':ec that he had not turned ti,, memo over :o ITT di- rectly but had delivered it to t~, rote House aide john Dean. It was the White ...use, in other ds. that not only dsp tci:_t .he be- wigcd Hunt to Deriver but also passed the document to ITT. This makes the story even more sordid. It shows that the White House, while deny- ing any intolvc'mer,t with Ill T..v,s working closely v.:th the giant conglomerate to dis- credit the Diva Beard rnen?:o. The Ct:i:ean Embassy burelar-y in- \estigaied by the FLI. which dism:ssed it as icut Oe. ;it:t Senate invest't ttors da,aree. "Careful im' st.gatier of i!': circumstances leads us t.a the cc: cittaon,' Levin a wrote, 'that tt was not rout in.?. office equipre;'nt t_a(1 cash were l_ ft c.nto x.ln( d. 'Y he Ar1basca{1r's of- fice arid the office of tt:A First S(?cre;arv were Loth searched and files '+ r Ed. 'It:'i"ves walked past sever1I ,:tore t: ices to ;:e: to Inc First S::rv- ta: 'S efr'ce, s' 'e-fit:ng ..:t },C a tyt. r( ..:!' V.e're h;ir arq rI the sr'.y err.; ttir:rt:llEnts of C,.;!( (:':' :ats wr:'(' do ; i:ten 111 the m,-ma as s : Clean br eak-uts.' Jerry Levin ., rcfu>r;l i^ m eat co.:.- ntcnio. -.'.tier hf? s:t:d tca~::'t in- Unfit :him 'nit as iiT i_...,:(l r ? : dl', uri:, ,. . lie s,,ri 1 i 1" l a:d cr ki;t: -,.,... ic. . rev I)irp Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/08/05: CIA-RDP09T00207R001000030019-2