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December 22, 2016
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April 2, 1978
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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/08/05: CIA-RDP09T00207R001000030090-3 PHOENIX REPUBLIC 2 April 1978 dad Deal For Berrellez HE courts will decide whether ,Robert Berrellez committed pe"ury and obstructed the inves- tigation of a multinational corpo- ration when he testified before a Senate subcommittee. 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 Latin America for years and now is the company's public relations direc- tor in the Southwest. Born in Nogales, he was 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 being'an American newsman. If Berrellez is found guilty in his Washington, he may go to jail for having been an American businessman who helped the Cen- tral :Intelligence Agency while he was'living abroad. . It is generally admitted that the CIA helped remove Salvador Al Te`nde as head of a Marxist govern- ment in Chile. Congressmen have been- kicking the matter around for years; and liberals have done their -best to persuade the world that the CIA secretly sought to de- pose communism in every govern- 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- by the Justice Department to a 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- ble to charge Berrellez with his alleged crimes, the department filed an information against him. The trial has started, and 'prob- ably will drag on for week after dreary week. Without predicting the outcome, we do think it was unconscionable j 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.. . ' _ . And we think ' it would be dan- gerous to the security of the JTytgd.Statea.-.if American busi- nessmen living abroad reached 1 the conclusion that they could not talk to American intelligence offi- cers without ending up in federal I .court. STAT STAT Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/08/05: CIA-RDP09T00207R001000030090-3