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Approved For Release 2003/10/01 : CIA-RDP79T00975A01610St1 25X1 DIRECTORATE OF INTELLIGENCE Central Intelligence Bulletin State Dept. review completed Secret 50 2 May 19 70 Approved For Release 2003/10/01 : CIA-RDP79T00975A016100100001-1 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/10/01 : CIA-RDP79T00975A016100100001-1 Approved For Release 2003/10/01 : CIA-RDP79T00975A016100100001-1 Approved For Release 2003A-16i' - RDP79T00975A016100100001-1 No. 0105/70 2 May 19 70 Central Intelligence Bulletin CONTENTS Laos: Communist forces have harassed Long Tieng with rocket fire. (Page 1) South Vietnam: Enemy forces appear to have begun the anticipated May phase of the spring campaign. (Page 2) France-UK: British and French officials are optimis- tic on the progress of the Concorde SST. (Page 3) Chile: Internal military changes could be in the mmak g . (Page 4) Malaysia: The country is trying to forestall vio- lence on the anniversary of last year's communal riots. (Page 5) IAEA: East European states are moving toward nego- tiations on safeguards agreements. (Page 6) USSR: The use of Western technology in the Moscow television center demonstrates the Soviet lag in electronics. (Page 7) Bolivia: Kidnaping threats (Page 8) Approved For Release 2003/A R(RfifRDP79T00975A016100100001-1 Approved For Release 2003/oRaTRD P79T00975A016100100001-1 Laos: Current Situation [-1 Communist-controlled territory [-1 Contested territory Limit of area claimed under ComrnLmist and Neutralist control June 1562 r Pane ,' MUtm Scu' bong Tieng h~ r Vasg vaeng,, Communist t,ocket a ck V!E'TNAM, - .f f \ MARCATION Y LINE ~hatat} $OUTI ; Approved For Release 2003MAM#I RDP79T00975A016100100001-1 Approved For Release 2003/1 W,, . R1IDP79T00975A016100100001-1 Laos: Communist forces have harassed Long Tieng with rocket fire, but no major fighting has been re- ported there or in the south. The Meo stronghold was attacked with six 122-mm. rockets, but no loss of life or major damage occurred. Government forces from Long Tieng have had some suc- cess in the past two days consolidating their hold on high ground to the north, from where the Commu- nists have been mounting their rocket attacks. On the Bolovens Plateau overlooking Attopeu, a small Communist force continued to resist govern- ment efforts to recapture the key fire base lost on 29 April. Laotian troops reportedly got close to the base's defensive perimeter early on 1 May, but were withdrawn to permit additional air strikes. No ef- fort has been made to retake the town of Attopeu and :Little is known of its condition or the size of the enemy force there. 2 May 70 Central Intelligence Bulletin 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/10/01 : CIA-RDP79T00975A016100100001-1 SECRET Approved For Release 2003/1~1g'I,I,DP79T00975A016100100001-1 South Vietnam: Communist forces in I and IV Corps have stepped up their attacks, possibly in- dicating the beginning of the anticipated May phase of their 1970 spring campaign. Following a series of shellings of allied mil- itary targets in the four northernmost provinces early on 30 April, the enemy initiated some 61 in- cidents in IV Corps during the night of 30 April. While this total is considerably lower than the number which opened the first phase of the offen- sive in the delta provinces at the end of March, the targets struck were similar, with remote mili- tary outposts accounting for about 75 percent and district towns for ten percent. Preliminary reports also indicate that enemy action in I Corps was still high early on 1 May; so far II and III Corps remain relatively quiet. The pattern of preparations for this phase suggests that there will be less coordination than last month, with operations takin lace as each unit completes its preparations. 2 May 70 Central Intelligence Bulletin 2 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/10/01 : CIA-RDP79T00975A016100100001-1 SECRET Approved For Release 2003/1817X17DP79T00975A016100100001-1 France-UK: British and French officials are optimistic over the progress of the Concorde SST flight test program. The British are now installing more powerful engines on the UK-produced Concorde prototype and plan to begin Mach 2 flight tests later this month. The highest sustained speed flown thus far was Mach 1.5, which was achieved by the French-built proto- type. France also plans to begin Mach 2 tests within the next two months. The tests are expected to an- swer many of the questions concerning the economic feasibility of the Concorde's operation. The two governments have so far spent about $975 million on the Concorde project. An additional $800.million probably will be spent before produc- tion begins. The French and British manufacturers presently estimate the unit price of the aircraft at $19.5 million. The two companies point out, however, that the price may be higher when contract negotiations with the airlines begin this summer. Some 16 airlines hold options to purchase 74 Con- cordes; more than one half are for US airlines. The Concorde is not without its technical problems, the most intractable being excessive weight and noise. The weight difficulty is largely a result of unanticipated changes and additions to the structure and equipment--problems normally en- countered in the development of an aircraft incor- porating new technology. Reduction in planned passenger load from the original 140 to about 120 has. not alleviated the weight problem. The manu- facturers still have not found a solution to the noise difficulties. Nevertheless, the French and British govern- ments remain enthusiastic about the Concorde. While it may not ultimately be an economic success, it probably will go into production and enter at least limited service, now scheduled to be in in 1973. 2 May 70 Central Intelligence Bulletin Approved For Release 2003/1 S -9& DP79T00975A016100100001-1 Approved For Release 2003/101?9RDP79T00975A016100100001-1 Chile: The exposure of a group of army person- nel who were instructing extreme leftists in guer- rilla tactics could lead to internal military changes. Two officers, one of whom is a relative of the leader of the Movement of the Revolutionary Left (MIR), and 12 enlisted men have been detained. They are accused of involvement with "civilian clandestine movements" and other nonmilitary activities. The fact that the officers are members of an elite air- borne special forces unit has shocked-the Chilean military community and may mean an investigation of assignments to the elite corps. The MIR is responsible for much of the terrorism that has taken place in Chile during the past several years. The people being trained apparently were from a group organized by the MIR. 2 May 70 Central Intelligence Bulletin 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/10MF_VP79T00975A016100100001-1 Approved For Release 2003! '9'OfP RDP79T00975A016100100001-1 Malaysia: A nervous Malaysian Government is trying to forestall violence on the 13 May anni- versary of last year's postelection communal riots. Although the atmosphere in West Malaysia is not so highly charged as it was last year, the govern- ment, while trying hard to damp down rumors of im- pending violence, is also taking contingency secu- rity measures. Kuala Lumpur has reportedly issued emergency curfew passes to security forces, may have denied leave to government officials, and ar- rested at least seven people last week on charges of spreading rumors. The Communists are as usual being depicted as the source of the potential troubles. Since most of the Communists are Chinese, the Chinese community in general is included in these allegations. Even Prime Minster Rahman, usually more conciliatory toward the Chinese community than many of his Malay colleagues, has been making anti-Chinese statements. The appearance of Communist pamphlets and the setting of booby traps. throughout West Malaysia and Singapore in late April marked the 40th anniversary of the Malayan Communist Party. The organizational ability demonstrated by these actions has obviously increased the government's fears that further unrest may be in the offing. If Malay-Chinese rioting erupts again this May, the Chinese would receive the worst of it as they did in 1969. 2 May 70 Central Intelligence Bulletin 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/' "DP79T00975A016100100001-1 Approved For Release 2003/1 6kC]I . DP79T00975A016100100001-1 IAEA: In an apparent attempt to isolate EURATOM, the East European states are moving toward negotia- tions with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on safeguards agreements. Poland has informed the IAEA that it would like to enter into talks as soon as possible on the safe- guards agreement required by the Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), which is intended to prevent the diver- sion of fissionable material from peaceful uses. The Polish statement--the first of its kind since the NPT entered into force--noted that all the War- saw Pact nations had adhered to the treaty, but that none of the six EURATOM countries has yet ratified it. NPT adherents are not required to begin the safeguards negotiations until 1 September, but the Soviets have said that other "socialist" countries would soon follow the Polish lead. It was suggested that Western governments--particularly Denmark, Nor- way, and Canada--be urged to do likewise. The East European moves appear intended to in- duce other nations to accept the model agreement. A rush toward ratification would not only undermine the IAEA safeguards committee, but would also pose negotiating problems for EURATOM members, who oppose any agreement that would infringe on their own safe- guards system. 2 May 70 Central Intelligence Bulletin 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/1hF:DP79T00975A016100100001-1 Approved For Release 2003/dil3R2DP79T00975A016100100001-1 USSR: The extensive use of Western technology in Moscow's giant new television center points up the Soviet lag in civilian electronics. The complex, which is nearing completion after six years of construction, will originate programs for the Moscow area that will be transmitted through- out the country via Molniya satellite. During a re- cent tour of the facility by US Embassy personnel, the chief engineer revealed that video-tape is pur- chased in Western Europe under US license "because the Soviet chemical industry lags far behind the US." Moreover, he admitted that the color television equip- ment is French and that some of the black and white. TV equipment was purchased abroad, allegedly because Soviet electronic enterprises "defaulted on delivery." The Soviet electronic industry has been develop- ing video-tape and color TV equipment for more than ten years but has consistently failed to convert laboratory successes into commercial production. The Soviets have tried to resolve their color TV problem by adopting the French Secam color system and by importing French equipment. They have attempted to acquire Western technology for the manufacture of video-tape but have been thwarted by trade restric- tions. The Soviet engineer's most surprising admission was that some black and white equipment has been im- ported from the West. This technology has been ex- tensively developed in the USSR. The most plausible explanation for the purchase of Western black and white equipment is that the low quality of Soviet equipment makes it unsuitable for the showcase Mos- cow facility. 2 May 70 Central Intelligence Bulletin 25X1 Approved For Release 2003//.W?9RWARDP79T00975A016100100001-1 Approved For Release 2003/1SO A~ fDP79T00975A016100100001-1 25X1 Bolivia: The possibility of kidnapings is caus- ing mounting concern in the La Paz diplomatic commu- nity. The government's statements that it will pro- tect foreign diplomats have done little to allay the fears, since the government admits it lacks the resources for effective security precautions. I Regis De ray and others jailed for participating in "Che" Guevara's ill-fated guerrilla campaign present a very attractive ransom for potential kidnapers. 25X1 2 May 70 Central Intelligence Bulletin 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/10/01 : CIA-RDP79T00975A016100100001-1 SECRET S ecre#proved For Release 2003/10/01: CIA-RDP79T00975AO16100100001-1 Secret Approved For Release 2003/10/01 : CIA-RDP79T00975A016100100001-1