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November 11, 2016
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October 31, 1963
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Approved For Release : CIA-RDP75-00149R000600040160-8 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 11, 1965 FROM THE SENATE INTERNAL SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE In response to a number of inquiries regarding its stand with respect to the Otepka case, the Internal Security Subcommittee today made public the text of a letter to the Secretary of State signed by all Subcommittee members in October 1963. In releasing the letter, Senator James 0. Eastland (D-Miss.) declared: We all still feel the same way and I see no prospect at all that the Committee will change its position with respect to this matter." The letter is as follows: October 31, 1963 The Honorable Dean Rusk The Secretary of State Department of State Washington 25, D. C. Dear Mr. Secretary: Mr. Otto Otepka, Chief of the Division of Evaluations, Office of Security, Department of State, today faces grave charges apparently growing out of his appearance as a witness before the Senate Internal Security Sub- committee and his honesty in responding to the Sub- committee's questions. Without attempting to pass upon these charges, we want to express our confidence in Mr. Otepka's integrity, capability, and professional skill. A committee of the Senate has a right to the testimony of any official or employee of our Govern- ment respecting any question of security or possible wrongdoing in any department or agency, if the subject matter of the committee's inquiry falls within its jurisdiction, A Government employee who comes before a Senate committee and testifies truthfully should not thereafter be penalized or disciplined in any way for doing so. Qt#' d Approved For Release : CIA-RDP75-00149R000600040160-8 Approved For Release : CIA-RDP75-00149R000600040160-8 Mr. Otepka's testimony has been a valuable contribution to the Internal Security Subcommittee's current investigation of security in the State Depart- ment, and we feel he has performed a substantial service for his country. We would consider it a great tragedy if the services of this exceptionally able and experienced security officer were lost to the United States Government on the basis of alleged technical violations growing out of his cooperation with the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee. Kindest personal regards. Sincerely, JAMES 0. EASTLAND, Chairman Internal Security Subcommittee THOMAS J. DODD, Vice Chairman ROMAN L. RUSKA OLIN D. JOHNSTON EVERETT MaINLEY DIRKSEN JOHN L. MCCLELLA KENNETH B. KEATING SAM J. ERVIN, JR* TIUG-1i SCOT Approved For Release : CIA-RDP75-00149R000600040160-8