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May 7, 1965
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MAY 7 1965 Sanitized - Approved For Release : CIA-RD "" 0 R ,DEAF 1fIRlldu", RECOD IN OC GSE P in Down Rusk-Threat to Bar His Return BY WILLARD EDWARDS [Chicago Tribune Press Service] Washington, May 6--" ,ate internal - mittee, it was learned today, has cleared away the last obstacle to publication of se- cret testimony in the Otto Otepka case. The final stage of a three- ,year inquiry into lax security in the state department was !r e a c h e d when William J.. ECrockett, deputy under-secre- try of state for administra- tion,. was questioned in execu~ tive session last T u e s d a y afternoon. Pin Down Rusk Threat Crockett's testimony had ,been sought for months to clear up many unanswered questions about state depart- ment policies and operations. In line with stalling tactics which angered subcommittee members since the investiga- tion began in 1962, he made numerous excuses=until given a virtual ultimatum to appear May 4. His evidence clearel gaps in the record which had caused tthe subcommittee to hold up .refease of records of the secret hearings despite. a unanimous vote to publish them, nearly a year ago. A report widely rumored but !never officially verified was -pinned down-that Secretary of ;State Dean Rusk was personally -responsible for preventing re- instatement of Otepka, a vet- eran security officer with an kimpeccable record who was fired Nov. 5, 1963. Telling Truth His Offense Rusk had resisted entreaties from high officials in the John- aon administration to erase ,charges of "conduct unbecom- ring a state department officer" ;against Otepka, reportedly vow- 'ing' that any such 'action would not be taken while hp remained ecretarvo tate 9 ariitize - ~4' Di"rove' Otepka's offense, according to the subcommittee's findings, was in testifying truthfully about loose security conditions in the state department when summoned by the subcom- mittee. The Otepka case has become a cause elebre and has pro- yoked a heavier\protest mail to Capitol Hill, the White House: and state department than man more publicized issues. Will Let Rusk Testify Crockett suggested that Rusk might want to appear before. the subcommittee to make. a final statement in answer to all the issues raised during the long investigation. Chairman James 0. Eastland CPYRGHT [D., Miss.] said Rusk would b given this opportunity to testify fense, according to his lawyer." but he stressed that no long When Otepka was fired, Sen: delay would be tolerated i Thomas J. Dodd [D., Conn.] preparing for release the bulky ~ labeled it "a serious challenge record, which approximates 2 b] t d n volumes. The first volume, dealing with the circumstances surrounding Otepka's harassment,' will b made public at some date in June. Crockett has been given the privilege of editing h i s latest testimony and also 0 providing written answers to questions which went un- answered at the secret session. Tap His Telephone The subcommittee, it was learned, has also requested the state department to hold up the transfers of John R. Nor- pcl Jr., and others in the state department's security bureau who were allegedly penalized because they b e f r i e n d e d Otepka. Otepka a p p e a l e d his dis- charge and asked for a hearing before a state d e p a r t m e n t panel, as provided by regula- tions. After 18 months, he still awaits the hearing. As a result, he remains on the payroll but in an isolated status, removed from security -work and as- signed to petty duties. The in- quiry revealed that his tele- phone was tapped on orders of two state department officials. When they denied this under oath and were exposed, their resignations were requested. Both are back on the federal payroll in other capacities. Refuses to Cover Up The last continuance of the tepka case was until May 10 ut this hearing will again b ostponed, it was reported. The ublisl]ed record of the. sub- ommittee hearipgs is essential the is par ed' of f' r's: or Release'. tIA-" Lo respons] a governme -an a direct affront to the Senate."' The charge against Otepka,;' Dodd noted, boiled down to the fact that he "testified honestly on matters relating to security" and he was punished only be- cause he had refused to cover up for his superiors. Specula{e on Rusk Ouster Subcommittee members said the hearings, when. published, would not bear so much on sub- bersive influences in the state department as on apl fling con- ditionp which could permit sub? versives to flourish. Security files were scattered 1 and' subject to rifling ,while' recommendations for investi-' gation of' suspected, security; risks were ignored. An even, greater issue is in-, volved, senators said, in the', defiance of a Senate, investi- gation by a government. de- partment. One member calledd- the state department's tactics over a three-year . period "a! top level conspiracy to obstruct" a Senate committee." Speculating on the outcome of the case, one senator said Ruski might be able to keep his prom ise that Otepka would never be reinstated while he remained` secretary. Rusk might be "pro moled" to a roving ambassa-,: dorship or replace Adlai E. Ste-, venson as, ambassador to the, United Nations, he said, and a new secretary of state, perhaps Phomas C. ,Mann, undersecre-? ary of 'economic affairs who. s a Presidential intimate; could naugurate his regime with at olitically popular gesture by] KFUMIDIP-406,14 6640157-2