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March 20, 1965
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Sanitized - Approved For Relea E.ULI II EVENTS ,tEEY.LY - 140,000 i!?~ P. 2 0 1965 S' n" S r CPYRGHT The case of Otto Giepka, the security. -xpert fired by the State Depa; ?ment, has :.till iot been resolved as he awaits Dc- partnlent hearings.. But in- siders in Washington last week focused attention on what they believe is a new security ex- pose brewing within the Ad- ministration. The story behind this poten- tial scandal dates back to March 19',4 and was first bared by the American Security Council's spe?cia1 `t1'a.iiiiit, ton Report. That report detailed the story of how several associates of Otepka, now dubbed "the Otepka men" for supporting hint against the department's charges, were reassigned from the State Department's Office of Security to the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs in mid-March 1964. At first blush, this transfer seemed an obvious attempt to demote the Otepka-ites and a number of them complained to the Civil Service Commission. But the department assured these men they were to be put on a highly sensitive assignment. The job, as outlined by John Drew of the department's Office of Personnel, was to come up with informa- tion regarding some 40 Latin Americans working for international agencies in Washington. These employes were suspected of being Coin- munist agents and many currently hold key posi- tions with the Organization of American States, the Pan American Union, Pan American Health Organization and other agencies. Reports of Communist infiltration of these or- ganizations were known to the State Department as far back as 1952, but no thorough investiga- tion had ever been made. Then, in 1961, the case assumed new and startling importance. A President of a Latin American country warned President Kennedy that this infiltration was very serious and that lie should give it top priority. J;=,'. turned the matter over to the State Deparur,--. at which in turn handed it over to the Office of Sccii- city. In 1964, with Otepka having been fired, the Otcpka men were assigned to the task at the Bt:.cau 58-1 FOIAb3b While it is not generaily kno%N n, of the six Otepka rnen assigned to ferret Out the Communists, the ite De ?:rtnient ha. now taken four of them off k,i Raymond Luulhton has been given an over- ignment. Frank Gardner has dropped from asp. The department has ordered John Norpcl to id Paso, Tex. and Howard J. Sh ~a to Deny er, Colo. Both are to be gone f. om the r Washington offices by April 1. Only Harry M. Hite and i.dA\in A. Burkhardt remain. Moreover, the evidence is that the State Depart- ment sabotaged the investigation from the moment it put the Otepka men in charge. For one thing, these investigators were barred from obtaining es- sential material which could corroborate existing data on the suspected subversives. The State Department would not forward certain security files considered essential for determining the background of suspects. The Otepka men were also limited to record check:, and were not permitted to develop nev in- formation on their own initiative. Contrary to the job desci iption, the investigators were not alloys ed direct contact with the CIA. Moreover, these men feel they shouldn't have beer. assigned to this job in the first place because these cases required a political decision at a higher level than the Security Office, which is not equipped to conduct full field investigations of foreign na- tionals in countries of their origin. If the. State Department was out to sabotage the investigation, why did it assign these prober to 'hr job? According to one securit\ official SiL:tc Department personnel hoped to cIen n skirts by saying they assigned Otep>, the case but even these "hard-liners" ii, c,)uldn't develop anything. At any rate, four years after strong warnings about Red infiltration in important international agencies in Washington the problem remains. A suggestion is made that a committee of in- telligence experts, drawn from the FBI, the Depart- ment, the Pentagon, the CIA and the like, he es- tablished to weed out the subversives. But so far the Administration appears willing to drop the entire mauler. Sanitized - Approved or Release: