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Approved For Release 2004/01/21 : CIA-RDP80M0016~A000500320002-3 a- -1,A _ sr3 1 16 September 1974 The Editor The Now York Times Your editorial on September 16th, ` The CIA in Chile, places major emphasis on an alleged quotation of my use of the word destabili- zation. 4 This word appears in Representative Harrington'* letter which discussed my testimony beaiore the House Armed Services Committee. When this story first appeared, I reexamined the transcript of that testi- mony and determined that the word 'destabilize,' in whatever grammatical, form, does not appear. I so informed your representative at that time, .and I so stated publicly on September 13th at a public meeting, attended by Representative Harrington, which was fully covered by your repre- sentative. To ensure that no mere difference in semantics is involved, I added that 'this term especially is not a fair description of our national policy from 1971 on of encouraging the continued existence of democratic forces looking toward future elections.' Your editorial views on this matter are of course a matter for you alone to determine; I do protest, however, your assertion that I said something which I had taken pains to deny saying without giving any indication of such denial. Sincerely, /s/ E. Colby :Z rector WEC:blp Distribution: Original - Addressee (delivered to Washington office) 1 -DCI 1 - DDCI 1 - Assistant to the Director 1 - OLC 1 - C/IVH via DDO cprd For Release 2004/01/21 CIA-RDP80M00165A000500320002-3 Copies to: Secretary Kissinger, Chairmen Mahon, Nedzi, Hebert, McClellan, Stennis; Senator Symington; Congressman Harrington STAT Approved For Release 2004/01/21 : CIA-RDP80M00165A000500320002-3 Approved For Release 2004/01/21 : CIA-RDP80M00165A000500320002-3 Z Approved .For(Release 2004/E )W. c '/ 8 1F00V6 A000500320002-3 And,what of the role of Henry. A. Kissinger in this- sordid affair? Throughout the period he headed the so-calved Forty Committee which supervises C.LA_ oper- ations and, according to Mr. Colby, approved in advance the covert activities in Chile. Yet, `ir. Korry says that on a trip to Washington in 1971 he got approval from both. Mr. Kissinger at the National Security Council and Sec- retary of State William P..Rogers for his proposal of cooperation with Chile is a compensated take-over of American copper interests. Mr. Kissinger told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that "to the best of sny knowledge and belief," the C.I.A. "had nothing to dc;' with the military coup that overthrew Dr. Allende. . .-* s It is now tip to President Ford to find out who is. actually in' charge of United States foreign policy in sensitive areas; of the world, and whether anyone its fact controls the operations of the C.I.A., - Of far greater importance than the bizarre spectacle of two United States agencies trying simultaneously to stabilize and "destabilize" an elected Government is that fact'that.an inadequately controlled C.I.A. badly served the American national interest by its dirty work in Chile. It matters not that the Soviet- Union does far worse, that Fidel Castro intervened far. more out- rageously in Chile than did the United States, or that extremists in Dr. Allende's camp would in any even( have destroyed the Chilean democracy on their-own. Clearly, the so-called C.I.A. "oversight" committees in Senate and House are failing to do their job. Representa- tive Harrington df Massachusetts has asked the House Foreign Affairs Committee for hearings on the C.I.A.'s role in Chile. Senator Church of Idaho will ask similar action from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. If this enormously powerful agency is ever to be brought under effective oversight,. Congress must rise The C.I.A. in' Chile Disc,ost:re that the Central Intelligence..Agency au- thorized more than'$S million, for covert activities aimed first at preventing Salvador Allende's election as Presi- dent of Chile and. then at "destabilizing" his Marxist Government would be appalling enough'by itself. It is doubly so when stacked against flat denials of any such Urtited States intervention or policy to intervene, some of it in sworn testimony before committees of Congress by former and present Government officials. - in secret testimony before a House subcommittee last April, C.I.A. Director William E."Colby said his agency authorized $500,000 to aid Dr. Allende's opponents in the 1970 election; $350,000 to bribe. Chilean legislators to vote against him when the election was thrown into the Congress, and' $6.5.million for. subsequent "destabiliza-, tion" activities and for helping anti-Allende candidates - Tr..ts conflicts: directly with testimony before a Senate Foreign Relations subcomrnittee.by former Ambassador i Edward M. Korry that "the United States did not seek to pressure, subvert, influence a single member of the Chilean Congress'' during his four years in Chile, ,and by former Assistant Secretary of State Charles -A. Meyer that "we bought: no votes, we funded no candidates, we promoted no coups:" s * * During part of'?the period when Mr. Colby says the -C.I 3. was financing "destabilizing" activities, Ambassa-. dor Korry says.he was carrying on secret negotiations with President Allende, looking toward uninterrupted American cooperation and financial aid, provided Chile did not act with undue hostility toward the United States. These efforts, he says,.were undermined by.extremists in Dr. Allende's Popular Unity coalition. Are we tp believe that Ambassador Korry and the State Department were endeavoring by stabilize Dr. Allende's Government while the C.I.A. was trying to "destabilize" it? Could the American Ambassador in Santiago and the ,ssiscant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs ha, .e been ignorant of what the C.I.A.-was doing-or was tae C.L.Z. in truth a law unto itself? 1971 municipal elections. ' . . in the to this distasteful but imperative responsibility. Approved For. 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