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November 18, 1976
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STAT {)CT Lo ( Aaaroved For Rase 2004101/15: CIA-RDP79M00467A0Q20 66 0b-1.0 November 18, 1976 STATOTHR Dear George: Thank you very much for yours of November 10th concerning the current Federal Grand jury hearings, As you know, I appeared on Tuesday, November 16th,. The hearings were laborious, lasting almost four hours but I do not think any classified information was compromised nor were the names of any of your current or former employees raised during the interview other than Dick Helms, Walter Elder and Jack Maury. I was met at the airport on Monday evening by Walter Elder who told me that justice had suggested that the Agency not supply me with copies of or permit my access to Agency documents, memoranda, etc. , which apparently had been delivered to justice and were to be used by Mr. Carver and others in my interrogation. In view of this restraint, I did not stop at Langley except to drop Walt off at his car. He carried no papers with him. before the Church Committee. troubled because Mr. Broe's memorandum for the record contradicted his own as well as several others' sworn testimony n July of 1970. I was asked to read parts of this memorandum aloud to the jury which I did. I was greatly Obviously, I had little if any recollection.of discussions that took place at various meetings, breakfasts or telephone conversations of several years ago. Therefore, I was some- thing less than the most informative witness and, at times, was concerned that the jury might think I was "stonewalling" which was not the case. This was my first experience with a Federal Grand Jury. The game is played under rules that give the interrogator all the cards - the witness, none. I was permitted access to only one memorandum - a memorandum for the record of Mr. Brae's meeting with UCi( Has Keviewea ' ' 1 Approved For. Release 2004/01/15: CIA-RDP7 '11 0667 0 6-200090001-0 - 2 - November 18, 1076 Approved For Ref se 2004/01115 : CIA-RDP79M00467AQ 200090001-0 I am reluctant to comment to any extent on my testimony although I was assured by Mr. Carver and Mr. Andary that I am under no restraints from either the Grand jury or the Department of Justice. Nevertheless, I feel it best to observe some confidentiality in connection with the testimony, at least for the time being. Again, thank you very much for your letter. With warm regards. Sincerely, The Honorable George Bush Director Central Intelligence Agency Washington, D. C. 20505 P. S. I will not return to Washington until January. Ty and I will spend New Year's in Spain, returning to Washington on the Concorde from Paris on January 5th and will be in your city on the 6th and 7th. Hope we can have a visit. J. A. M. bb STA OTHR Approved For Release 2004/01/15 : CIA-RDP79M00467A000200090001-0 Remarks: Asst/ DCI Mr. Walt Elder 25X1 C Approved F& Ilse 2 401/ IA-RD 3637 (7.716) 1 9 00 7. D/DCI/IC _4 DDS&T ,- 5 DDI ~~ 6 DDA..:,,;._v._ 7 DDO. 8 D/DCI/NI 9 GC 10 LC 11 IG . 12 Compt 13 D/ Pers 1heDirccta Central IntdligenceAgeng' `Approved FOWelease 2004/01/15 DP79M004 000200090001-0- Mr. John Alex McCone 612 South Flower Street Los Angeles, California 90017 I thank you-for your note of 20 October, a .dvising ' tIat you had received my 13 October memorandum on the subject of the investigation having conducted by the Department of Justice and the possibility that you might be summoned to appear as a witness before the federal grand jury that is now hearing evfden.ce in this investigation. As my legal staff understands it, based on its contacts with the Justice Department attorneys who are handling the investigation, there isvno intention to pursue questions relating to the Agency's activities in Chile in 3.964. Rather the, focus is on the 1.970 Chilean elections and subsequent testimony given in connection with the Agency's activities, and those of ITT in relation to. those elections. I should add, however, that we are not able to speak with total con- fidence about the exact'scope of the investigation, or the specific charges that may be under consideration, inasmuch as the Justice Department attorneys have not felt very free to discuss with us the progress or development of their case.. Numerous current and former Agency employees have been interviewed in the course of the investigation. In addition, the Justice Department attorneys have had complete access to all relevant Agency files, and they have asked us in a series of requests over the last few months to review and declassify- to the fullest extent possible a large number of documents contained in our files. That process, now largely completed, has resulted in the declassification and release to.Justice of many of the requested documents, either with or without deletions, and these documents are now in the custody of Mr. George Allen Carver, the Justice attorney who has played the lead role in the investigation. In this con- nection it is our understanding that the examination of witnesses before the grand jury will not extend to matters that remain classified. You should be aware, however, that the names of certain current and former Agency employees, together with other items of information that may relate to the investigation, have Approved For Release 2004/01/15: CIA-RDP79M00467A0002q,0090001- Approved For Release 2004/01/.15 CIA-RDP79R0467A000200090001-0 SENDER WILL CHECK CLASSIFICATION TOP AND BOTTOM UNCLASSIFIED CONFIDENTIAL SE ET OFFICIAL ROUTING SLIP. TO --- NAME AND ADDRESS DATE I I The Director ACTION DIRECT REPLY PREPARE REPLY APPROVAL DISPATCH RECOMMENDATION COMMENT FILE RETURN CONCURRENCE INFORiMATIDN SIBNATURC Ra-m arket L6 '" This proposed response may be a tit more stiff and formal than what you had in mind, and I will make a stab at something more "folksy" if you think that would be appropriate. ~,. Anthony . Laphanz FOLD HERE TO RETURN TO SENDER FROM: NAME, ADDr8E5$ AND PHONE NO. DATE General Counsel - - 11/9/ 76 UNCLASSIFIED CONFIDENTIAL SECRET FCRM M0. 237 Use previous editions s-ar Approved For Release 2004/01/15 : CIA-RDP79M00467A000200090001-0 Approved nor Release 2004101/15 : CIA-RDP7967A000200090001-0 been deleted from the documents released to Justice and so far as we know have never come into the public domain. These names and other items of information. are known to Mr. Carver, and you of course are at liberty to consult with him or the Agency's Office of General Counsel should questions arise as to the con- tinued classification of any matter about which you may be examined. As to the likely extent and direction of that examination, the lines of inquiry that may be followed, the documents about which you may be asked, etc . , the, only source of authoritative advice is Mr. Carver. Apart from the documents that have been declassified and released by fhi,. Agency, and whatever testimony the grand jury may hear about these documents from Agency witnesses, and apart from whatever evidence Justice mmiay have developed independently of this Agency, a good deal of information about the relevant events in Chile in 1970, and the subsequent testimony about those events, are already in the public domain. Much of that information may be found in three Senate publications. Volume 7 is entitled "Covert Action" and dated December 4 and 5, 1975. The second is the Interim Report of the Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities entitled "Alleged Assassination Plots Involving Foreign Leaders" (9th Con.g. 1st Sess. Report No. 94-465, November 20, 1975). The third is Part I of the Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Multinational Corporations of the Committee on. Foreign Relations, United States Senate. Part 1 of the Hearings on. Multinational Corporations and United States Policy is on the International Telephone and Tele- graph Company and Chile, 1970-1971. These hearings are dated March. 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29, and April 2, 1973.* Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance. Sincerely, STATINTL STATINTL e7' vt/~ 01 I am told that you may have most of these bulky materials they will be here for your perusal. DGC:AAL: sin Original - Addy $roved For lease 2004/01/15 : CIA-RDP79M00467A000200090001-0 l - DCI 1.-DDCI Approved For j elease 2004/0'1/1 :.COQ-Rp-P.79M 67~~i (~ 9 0,i -Pricy _------ ? ( , $ OCT 1976. FROM 373:.? DE$:C OP I 8ietu4'vs Regtoxy Z Approved For Release 2004/01/15 : CIA-RDP79M00467A000200090001-0 'Approved Fo elease 2004/01/15: CIA-RDP79MO04e 00020 FROM THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR Tony: I must soon reply to attached. Please ask someone to give me a draft- or quick feel for his last paragraph. DCI/7 November 1976 Distribution: Orig - Addressee w/cc of att. 1 - DCI w/orig. of at - ER w/cc of att. Approved For Release 2004/01/15 : CIA-RDP79M00467A000200090001-0 Approved For Release 200V61/15 : CIA-RDP79M00467A00020009 -1-0 October 20, 1976 Dear George: Thank you very much for your memorandum of October 13th advising me of the possibility of a Grand Jury investigation into Agency activities in Chile. I have testified on this subject a number of times before committees on the Hill, the Rockefeller Commission and elsewhere but always in doing so, have carefully pro- tected areas considered sensitive or secret. I have no hesitancy in testifying before a Grand jury without benefit of outside counsel - and, indeed, outside counsel not fully cleared would be useless. However, if called before the Grand Jury, I would like to take advantage of your offer to consult with your General Counsel on specific questions concerning proper handling of classified information. I am sure your staff had had access to my testimony and the testimony of other Agency personnel including Dick Helms and I would be most interested in learning whether their review of testimony indicates differences or contra- dictions. of preparation on my part would be indicated. Incidentally, I was never called upon to discuss in any detail any actions of the Agency in Chile prior to 1970 although from time to time, references were made to the 1964 election. Could your General Counsel determine from the Department of justice as to whether their investigation is to be limited to the 1970-73 period or if it is their intent to pursue questions on earlier periods. If so, a certain amount Yours mpst sihcerely, The Honorable George Bush Central Intelligence Agency Washington, D. C. 20505 ]Executive aeglMry STAT STATINTL Approved For Release 2004/01/15 : CIA-RDP79M00467A000200090001-0 Approved For Release 2004/01/15 :; G1A: RDP7~ 00467 Honorable George Bush Central Intelligence Agen Washington, D. C. 20505 Approved For Release 2004/01/15 : CIA-RDP79M00467A000200090001-0 ate' Approved For Release 2004/01/15 : CIA-RDP79M00467A000200090001-0 STAT Approved For Release 2004/01/15 : CIA-RDP79M00467A000200090001-0