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SECRET Approved For Release 2005/11/ 1 : A-RDP75BOO38OR000300100009-3 n TS DOCUMENT WAS SUBJECT TO ITT/CHILE JUSTICE INVESTIGATION MEMORANDUM FOR: Deputy Director for Operations 8 Mt R 1973 REFERENCE: Jack Anderson's Washington Merry-Go- Round Column of 8 March 1973: "Chilean Break-ins Reflect Watergate" 1. WH Division has reviewed the referenced column (copy attached) by Jack Anderson and finds that it con- tains no new information. To the best knowledge of the Division, there is no foundation to the allegation that E. Howard Hunt was engaged on behalf of ITT in breaking into Chilean diplomatic installations in Washington and New York. 2. Any connection between ITT and these break-ins is purely conjectural and the column takes care to point this out. Theodore G. Shackley Chief Western Hemisphere Division 5X1 25X1 25X1 Approved For Release 2005/1 S83REa: -RDP75B0 38OR000300100009-3 25X1 25X1 H :.1 CIA-FK7NMWA~DD30V100009 ' tf irch 8,1973 Chilean Break-ins Reflect Watergate Anderson Senate investigators suspect non-government sources alike "ITT is the only likely con- that the same Miccinn Tmpos-(have told us that the Cuban `tractor for operations against sible team arrested at the exile community has a pool of the Chileans. It claims to have Watergate may also have bro- -talent which was trained by an investment worth $153 mil? ken into the Chilean Embassy the CIA and is available for lion in the Chilean Telephone several weeks earlier. And I 'dirty tricks: This talent has Company; it knew that docu- three Chilean diplomats in been used at one time or an-Iments were leaking from its New York City, the investiga- other by a number of federal I files; it asked the Chilean gov- tors discovered, have been vie- agencies for missions of ques- ernment to move negotiations mysterioustionable legality inside andifrom Santiago to Washing- tiros of similar , breakins. outside of the United States. ton." The Chilean Embassy bur- Ina memo intended for the "Federal sources report the glary was investigated by the investi- Cubans to be absolutely loyal, (ITT and Watergate FBI, which dismissed It as rou- eyes gating only ITT's s senators operations in !fanatically anti-Communist We reported last week on tine. But Senate investigators Chile, staff director Jerry Lev. and willing to take any risk. It other strange links between disagree. "Careful investiga- also likely that when `teams' the ITT and Watergate scan- Lion of the circumstances inson reported: "A source is ld FBI bt o an cVllmllmunni L 1.1164 acting + Cu members knew who had re? not routine. subcomrnitteg staff that Frank rick Gray and convicted Sturgis had told other people quested and was financing the Watergate felon E. Howard "Valuable office equipment that he and Martinez and Gon- operation. Hunt had been involved in an and cash were left untouched. zalez, two other Watergate de- "Washington business and I abortive effort to discredit the The Ambassador's office and fendants, had broken into the political sources report that famous Dita Beard memo, the office of the First Secre- embassy to photograph docuabout eight months before the (which tied a $400,000 political tary were both searched and ments." Watergate arrest, E. Howard pledge from ITT with a settle- files were inspected. The Levinson was cautious, how-, Hunt let it be known around ment of its antitrust troubles thieves walked past several ever, about implicating ITT in the city that he had a 'team' The Washington Post re- more attractive offices to get the alleged Chilean caper. available for 'Mission Impossi- ported that Hunt, apparently to the First Secretary's office, "The staff of the subeommrt- ble' assignments and that the disguised in an askew red wig, suggesting they knew where tee," he reported, "has devel-,team would be willing to work went to Denver to talk to Mrs. they were going:' The burglar- oped a number of leads sug- for private clients. 1 Beard about renouncing the izing of the New York apart- gesting a relationship between "It is possible that E. How- I memo. We reported that Gray. ments of Chilean diplomats ITT and the team which was and Hunt. acting as the con- meanwhile, turned the origi- were described in the memo arrested at the Watergate." I tractor for the 'team,' had nal memo over to ITT for its as "similar clean break-ins." But he stressed "that the case, more than one client and that experts to try to discredit. Footnote: Jerry Levinson outlined in this memorandum fa second client was ITT, which Gray refused to comment refused to comment on his is circumstantial and that was interested in obtaining in- when we called the FBI for his memo, which he said wasn't there is no hard evidence of formation about its neotia- response. Questioned by sena- ( intended for publication. An ITT involvement." 'tins over the fate of its in-;tors under oath, however, he ITT spokesman called the Ivestment in the Chilean Tele- I testified that he had not I allegations about Hunt "ab- Suspieious Case IPhone Company. The mem- turned the memo over to ITTI solutely and totally untrue." Here, however, is the cir- hers of the team may have directly but had delivered it tol He said ITT had never hirer' cumstantial l ~~ e~ oil g r X13 ft$ti 9 ~ Q ~~ t for any purpose. as pie were#01n p i hi xton i 3, United Festure syndicate subcommittee ec together from jigsaw pieces of ! block a 'Communist' govern- l other words, that not only dis- t t i d H b h gge un e ew o patched t Denver-but also passed the document to ITT. This makes the story even more sordid. It shows that the White House, while denying any involvement with ITT, was working closely with the giant conglomerate to dis-