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October 21, 1967
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=AN EVENTS CPYRGHT 21 October. 1967 Approved For Rele The Otepka briefs relate an iti;`riouing story i connection with the Rostow case. ;According to the briefs, Bobby Kennedy and Dean Rusk approached Otep- ka in 1960 about Rostow, well aware that earlier cfforte to got him named to a highly sensitive national. security proj- ect had been thwarted by the Q r s nc secu y s n ar :..-~ ?, t w Desiring to ::;::;osto . r enhower Eis Administration's 't t^ d d l.' fairs, made the determination on the basis of th previous record that "Mr. Rostow was not desirabl for employment." to a key position in the State BUSK Department, Rusk opened the discussion by asking "What kind of security problem would be encounters regarding the appointment of Mr. Rostow 'to the department?" Otepka replied that he was acquainted with th Rostow file, and that this' familiarity dated back t 1955 when the department was giving consideratio to hiring Rostow as a key, person in a psychologica warfare project to be undertaken by the Operation Co-ordinating Board. "Persons employed by the project were required to have a security clearance under the strict stand- ards prescribed by the United States Intelligence Board," the briefs state. "As a part of his evalua- tion, Otepka at this time reviewed the State De- partment file on Mr. Rostow, the CIA file and the results of reviews given to the case by both the CIA and the Department of the Air Force. The Air Force had previously made a security finding adverse to Mr. Rostow.' "As a result of Otepka's findings, Under Secretary of State Herbert Hoover Jr., the chairman of the Operations Co-ordinating Board,. decided that Mr. Rostow would not be utilized as an employe or consultant by the State Department in connection with the board's project. "In- other -words, Mr. . Rostow could not get the necessary clearance under the strict standards appli cable to the Operations Co-ordinating Board." When Rostow was again recommended for Stat employment, Roderic O'Connor, adminr ictretnr of ?0.a t?....o.,., nF Q,......a.. ^..A ('..., ....1., .. A 47 According to Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Clark Mollenhoff, who unearthed the contents, of the brief, when Otepka related the back-ground. on Rostow, Rusk remained silent but Bobby . "spoke disparagingly of the adverse finding that had been made by the Air Force "'and referred to the Air Force as "a bunch of jerks." When it became clear that Otepka' would con- tinue to evaluate the Rostow case in the same man- ner ' as it had been evaluated previously. Rostow was hired by t e W uc H usG. where the p-resid can set his own t> i~t ?.i% -Approved For nto the State Department for a. time as someone. ho had already been given a clearance. Angry with Otepka, Kennedy later assigned John Reilly, formerly a Justice Department lawyer,, o the State Department as deputy assistant secretary f state. in charge of administration. -Reilly's role n the anti-Otepka cabal is well documented. This ' bal at length plotted and engaged in eavesdrop- ing, wiretapping, searches of Otepka's wastebasket rd general spying on his activities in an effort to rind grounds on which to dismiss him. o A former professor of' international politics at he Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rostow s a graduate of Yale and served in the Office of trategic Services in World War II. Identified as he author of a State Department policy paper pro- oting unilateral disarmament, trading with the Com- munists and a generally "soft-line" toward Soviet Russia and Communist China, Rostow has come under considerable attack and was even the subject of a special congressional hearing. In recent years he , has been identified' with a comparatively hard line on Viet Nam. The ? Otepka brief reportedly does not disclose why Rostow was denied a security clearance by the Eisenhower Administration. The sensational ' Otepka briefs, whose contents have been revealed to only one or two reporters in Wash- ington, outline numerous cases of alleged security violations. Clark Mollenhoff of the Des Moines Register has detailed 14 of the cases which appear below: 1.. A ,foreign service officer who sexually violated his own daughter but was never disciplined, and in fact later was designated a part-time security officer at a post that did not have a full-time security man. 2. A foreign service officer who borrowed money from the State. Department Credit Union and forged the endorsement of a fellow employe on his applica- tion for the loan. The individual later was given an important, assignment in the White House. 3. A foreign, service officer who admitted he fur- nished 18 documents, some of them classified "secret," to Philip Jaffe, the publisher of Amerasia magazine and. on whom 'there.-was a considerable .record of Communist activities and affiliation. The officer was permitted to take an honorable retirement with pen-' sion. 4. A security division technician who went on drunken rampages at several embassies in foreign countries and whose misconduct was condoned ;and' covered up- by Reilly. Reports of the misconduct actually were kept out of the personnel file. 5. A security officer stationed in Athens," Greece,. who failed to ,report a large number of security viola-. Lions, yet was appointed deputy chief of the Division of. Security 'Evaluations At the State Department. Ie f se : CIA-.RDP75-00149R000600040 -,