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October 14, 1967
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5-1 a 0 ie l i 1987. -Approved For Re~'ease .fA-RDP75- oL President Johnson, was, thre times denied security clearanc RS$T'senhower admin istration reportedly is containe in a brief filed in a Civil Servic Rostow denied it. "From 1951 onward," Rosto told'a reporter, "I had continu ous security clearance from var ious agencies of the federal gov ernment." In 1951, Harry S. Truman wa ternational Studies, , a private agency. The brief in question was filed last month by attorney Roger in against dismissal as the State Department's chief secur- ity evaluations officer. The step was part of proceedings at a closed hearing being held by the department. The brief has not been made public, and Robb declined to discuss it. However, a source who has seen it said that it does make the statement with respect to Rostow and the Eisenhower administration. This informant, who requested anonymity, said it was his understanding that in fact there was no question of security involved in the Eisenhower administration's rejection of Rostow for certain assignments -that the reason simply was that Rostow did not meet the particular requirements. Transferred to State In general, the brief is said I to contend that a "get-Otepka drive" came after Otepka's re- fusal to clear Rostow without a I field investigation at the time resident Kennedy's adminis- ration was taking office. Rostow, then a professor of conomics at Massachusetts In- titute of Technology, was rought into the government by Kennedy. His first post was as cputy special assistant, No. 2 o McGeorge Bundy as White .-louse foreign affairs adviser. Sanitized - App transferred to the State Depart- ment as counselor and chair- man of the Policy Planning Council. He returned to the White house when Bundy left in 1966 and is now the top White House foreign affairs adviser. The understood to cite. testimony Otepka gave at a; closed hearing in June before Edward A. Dragon, the hearing officer for his appeal. The ac- count as outlined was: Otepka testified that in De- cember 1960-the month before President Kennedy took office -he was called into a meeting with Dean Rusk, then secretary of state-designate in the new ad- ministration, and Robert F. to be attorney general. He quoted Rusk and Kennedy as saying Rostow would be ap- pointed to a State Department post and as asking that Rostow be given an emergency clear- ance without the usual field in- vestigation. Tells of CIA Data CPYRGHT Otepka said he also was asked how he would apply the security rules in the cases of presidential appointees and in the case of Rostow in particular. The brief quoted Otepka as having replied that in principle he was against emergency clearance authority and that, in particular, he knew of certain Central Intelligence Agency and Air Force security=cuments in Rostow's file which compelled him to insist on a full field in- vestigation. The brief goes on to assert that Rostow was rejected for Fred Mankiewicz,. press see- security clearance in 1955 in retary to Kennedy, said "the a decision by Herbert Hoover senator does not recall" such a Jr., then undersecretary of ..conversation with Otepka , and_ state in the Eisenhower adtnin- 'Rusk. Robert J. McCloskey, State istration, od Roderick O' rick O'CConnor, twice then later ad- by . '?Department press officer, said R ministrator of the State De- after. consulting with Rusk that partment's Bureau of Security. ? "the secretary does not expect. Requests were made for com-. 'to comment on any matter in- ment from Rusk and Sen.' Ken- volving Mr. Otepka while his nedy, D-N.Y., on Otepka's story case is pending in, the depart t . f the December 1960 meeting. men FOIAb3b ved For Release : C.IA-RDP75-00149R000600040006-9