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A1: 1 ~t.~_~......_ v~ P~IGt_' Approved For Release 2011/08/17 :CIA-RDP09T00207R001000030054-3 10 'Jctu'~c~r 197? INVESTIGATIONS: The Helms ~6te For the past eighteen months, the Jus- tice Department has been pursuing the investigation of Richard M. Helms, for- mer director of the Central Intelligence Agency, on charges of perjury and ob- struction of justice. No one-not even Helms-denies that he misled a Senate committee about the extent of CIA oper- ations against Chile's Marxist President Salvador Allende. But last week, Presi- dentCarter suggested at his news confer- ence that he would soon weigh the possi- ble damage to national security if Helms were put on trial. And NE~v$~VEEK learnedthat Justice Departmentprosecu- tors are seekingWhite House permission to declassify pertinent documents. Friends of Helms, who ran the agency from 1966 to 1973, indicate that he is prepared to name names and reveal secrets to defend his actions. "You've got [Henry] Kissinger involved, lots of high officials," said one long time asso- ciate of the former CIA director. "It would be pretty messy." Helms's law- yer, Edward Bennett Williams, has said privately that if Helms is brought to trial, he will seek to obtain CIA papers to show that every previous CIA direc- torhas lied to Congress, and that legisla- tors frequently winked at the lies. Coup: The basis +, for any indictment would be Helms's testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in February 1973. Asked whether he had the CIA pass any money to AllendP's opponents, Helms answered, "No sir." But a second Senate committee reported) that the agency funneled $8 million to Allende's opponents in the three years between Allende's election and the mili-, tary coup in which he was killed.:, Helms s friends say he is angry at what _ be considers the Justice Deparrrr-ent's " _"persecution." And he could hardly have ._ been cheered when Carter tripped twice at his press conference, referring to "the offense with which he wiI1 be charged" - and later noting: "It's a very serious ~~ thing fur anyone to commit perjury." Aidea quickly .explained _that? Carter meant to say "may be chazged" and "al- leged perjury:' But there was specula- tion that he may have inadvertently tipped the Justice Departrnent's hand- ' and that a Helms indictment may be .,handed up soon. The elegant, Establish- - ment Heims was also said to be furious at -a television show, the fictional "Wash- "_ington: '3ehind Closed Doors," which cast Cliff Robertson as a Helmslike CIA director in a Nixon-style Administration as cold-hooded, given to blackmail and-worse yeti--adultery. . Approved For Release 2011/08/17 :CIA-RDP09T00207R001000030054-3