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November 11, 2016
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December 15, 1998
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October 2, 1966
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Wp~Jt11iNt,1Vk"4 .1-vJi AND TIMES HERALD Sanitized - Approved F& el&a W CIA- a CPYRGHT %5171-10,11Z11 by ctepkclt c ret Ioyaity By Richard Harwood 11tion, said Otepka, because of "f iendly with Alger Hiss." he same point was made b Otepka in his report on A drew Cordicr, a former U.14. official who is now a graduate dean at Columbia U iversity. ,awrcnce Finkelstein, a vice pt sident of the Carnegie En- d wment for International the payroll). Otepka, in viol - P ace, had once clone research tion of a Presidential ore at the Institute of Pacific Re- The Senate Internal . ecu ity subcommittee, over th bitter objections of the Stag Department, made public ye 'terday "secret" loyalty report, on ten prominent American. The reports were written b Otto Otcpka, a State Depar - ment security officer who w fired in 191i3 (hut is still o l issued by Harry S. 'i'runlan i i 19.52, gave the reports to th subcoau11iL4co to demonstra "laxity" in. ,ae Departments secwriLy operation. That Was the main reason for his di A missal. He produced no evidence f disloyalty on the part of a of the men involved-oth than gossip-and all ten ul - mately were given.a clean bi 1 of health by Otepka himself They came under investig - tion by Otepka's office in 19 when they were appointed an Advisory Committee on I - ternational Organizations. Granted Waivers Because of their cminenc and to avoid time-consumi delays, they were granted s curity waivers and began wo before they were checked o Otepka, in a secret mcm randum to a superior, obje - ed to seven of the waive s for a variety of reasons. The Committee chairma 1, Sol Linowitz, board chairman .of the Xerox Corporation, h d a blank file and was not e - titled to clearance, Otepl a argued, until he could could be i - vestigated. Ernest Gross, a f o r m r U.S. delegate to the Unit d Nations, required investig - la ions and deserved investi- gation on that account, OLep- ic reported. R asons'Not Given e recommended that Mar- sh 1 D. Shulman, now a John H pkins University dean, be "t oroughly investigated" for. r sons not specified. he same recommendation w s made in the case of Hard- i Bancroft, executive vice p esident of the New York T es, who is now serving as a alternate U.S. delegate to t United Nations. Bancroft, Otepka said in an- o her report, had been describ- e as "pro-Soviet" by Loy F nderson, a former State Dc- p rtment official, and 11ad ng defended Alger Hiss and relented (but not fully) only after Hiss had been sent t jail." ver Any Doubt Henderson said an Friday he uld not comment on any conversation he might have h d with Otcpka but said of B ncroft: "I have complete confidence i the loyalty and patriotism of ncrofV and never had any d ubt about it." ' Otepka came to roughly the s me conclusion about Ban- CPYRGHT FOIAb3b eports.Aired OTTO F. OTEPKA secret testimony bared eating their cases wou serve no useful purpose." Release Voted But the Subcommittee, against Dodd's wishes, voted to release the material as part of its campaign to have Otepka restored to his job. One of those supporting that decision was Sen. Sam J. Er- vin (D-N.C.) who is currently fighting for legislation to pro- tect the privacy of government employes and the privacy of their personnel files. Otepka has been complain- ing to the Subcommittee for five years about State Depart- ment security practices, and 20 volumes of testimony deal- ing with his frustrations and disagreements with superiors have been published by the croft and other members of j subcommittee. Yesterday's was the Advisory Committee. Theyl got security clearances from his office. But he Insisted that the "waiver". procedure neverthe- less was wrong. His "secret" reports were published, in part, said Sub- committee Chairman Thomas J. Dodd (D-Conn.), to "under- score Otepka's impressive rec- ord of fairness and objectivity in assessing allegations bear- ing on personnel security..."LL%auiorma..; The State Department plead-I ... ' ed with the subcommittee not, to violate the Truman order of 1952 which states that "it would be a great mistake to re- lease the names of State De- partment and other Federal , personnel who have been sub- jected to loyalty investigations . To divulge the names of these loyal employes and ? the specific steps taken ,.in adjudi! the final volume. Otepka finally was fired by the Department in 1963. At that time he was making $16,- 000 a year. His salary has auto- matically risen to more than $20,000 since then. Assigned make-work chores, he has cons tinued to report for duty pend- ing a hearing on his appeal. He has also been the bene- ficiary of an Otto Otepka De- fense Fund that raises money: through newspaper advertise,* ments in the Middle West and Sanitized -Approved. For Release : CIA-RD1575-00149R000600040011-3