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November 12, 1963
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rI~SFII~C C't)i~7 1"( jSr AND NOV 12 1963 rNG FitS?OST Sanitized - Approved For Release : CIA-RDP - FOIAb3b CPYRGHT the Lying in State ~5*gtall The Department of State must be a delightful place to work these days. The atmosphere of affectionate camaraderie and warm mutual con- fidence prevailing there has probably not been matched anywhere since the heyday of the Medicis in Renaissance Italy. Consider the situation, for instance, in the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Se- curity, Mr. John F. Reilly. Mr. Reilly was going quietly along minding everybody else's business when he discovered that one of his assistants, a Mr., OttotiI+. Otepka, was telling tales about him to the Senate lifterhal Security Subcommittee. How did Mr. Reilly find out about Mr. Otepka? Why by pawing through the contents of Mr. Otepka's "burn basket" of course and by tapping Mr. Otepka's -telephone. How else? Mr. Reilly appears to have been assisted in this snooping -by another of Mr. Otepka's col- leagues, a Mr. Lhner D. _ Hill, ' Chief of the Secu- rity Office's Division of Technical Services. When these worthy fellows were asked by members of the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee if they had ever done any prying into Mr. Otepka's pri- vate affairs, however, they looked quite scandal- ized at - so offensive an imputation aq replied as blandly as you, please that they certainly had never done anything of the sort. But the fact of the matter appears to be, never- theless, that, although they may momentarily have forgotten about it, they did actually "bug" Mr. Otepka's quarters in that elegant State Department building; they now acknowledge as much, although they insist that they didn't really hear anything interesting. So, by "mutual consent," they have been ordered to go on leave until the whole affair is looked into. What kind of State Department has the United States got these days? One supposes that workers in the Foreign Commissariat of the Kremlin look over their shoulders at their associates with a certain amount of apprehension and anxiety. But. Ast CPYRGHT TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1963 PAGE A20 who would have supposed that Americans in the American Department of State would need to employ official tasters when they venture into the departmental dining room? This' kind of bugging and spying and tattling produces no kind of securit all. It produces nothing but an at osp ere of crippling and suf- focating suspicion. Decent men should not be asked and cannot be expected to work in such an atmosphere. The foreign affairs of a free people should not be conducted in so malign and miasmic a climate. Sanitized - Approved For Release : CIA-RDP75-00149R000600040093-3