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st~a ~rtty Approved For Rel a 2004/05/05: CIA-RDP80M00165A0VW00050 Re' MEMORANDUM FOR: Assistant to the Director FROM: Executive Assistant to DCI-Designate The attached document is forwarded for your appropriate action and reply to Admiral Turner's questions. Approved For Release 2004/05/05 : CIA-RDP80M00165AO02500050025-6 Approved For R sd\2SUd5XOO: {LIA-ItIbP8GtQU165*00 of Central Intelligence Functions: The Assistant to the Director provides advice and. staff support to the Director in all phases of the Agency's relations with the public. He participates in and is aware of the Agency's relations with the Congress, other parts of the Executive Branch, public and private organizations, and the media. In the latter aspect, he is the authorized spokesman for the Director of Central Intelligence and for the Agency. The A/DCI reports directly to the DCI, has the responsibility for developing and executing coherent, thoughtful,_and responsible policies and procedures to reflect the Agency's obligation and desire to be responsive to the right of the public to know, consistent with the statutory and administrative measures for the protection of intelligence sources and methods which are in force. The A/DCI is Chairman of the Publications Review Board for which the Office of the A/DCI acts as executive secretariat, He provides advice and coordinates public appearances by all Agency employees. He coordinates Agency assistance to authors, researchers and journalists. This office provides the DCI with research and archives of media materials concerning the Central Intelligence Agency and the Intelligence Community, as well as staff support for public appearances by the DCI and the DDCI. Strenth: a. As of 1 November 1976 b. Funds: Chief: Approvea or a ease D7 v~ 4~ k se 2004/05/05 : CIA-RDP80M001654002500050025-6 All inquiries to the Agency by the media--press, radio and television, motion pictures, authors, etc.--are referred to the A/DCI's office for response. This includes an average of sixty phone calls a week. Media representatives are assisted when possible with unclassified information. Special background briefings, unattributed to the Agency or intelligence sources, are often provided when analysts are available. These briefings take place in a special room of the A/DCI's office. Both the media representative conducting the interview and the Agency briefer are reminded of the ground rules before each briefing. Such substantive briefings are not conducted by telephone, only on Agency premises. A list of unclassified Agency issuances is mailed to a list of journalists and media representatives monthly. Requests from the media for these publications are filled at no cost to the requester. The public may obtain the same issuances through the Library of Congress or in some instances the Government Printing Office. Approved For Release 2004/05/05 : CIA-RDP80M00165A002500050025-6 Approved For F ase 2004/05/05: CIA-RDP80M00165MO2500050025-6 10 February 1977 SUMMARY (Office of the Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence) Concepts The Office of the Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence seeks to achieve the.broadest and deepest public understanding of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Intelligence Community, and the intelligence profession, and identifies appropriate themes and audiences. This Office is not involved in presentations or briefings for other components of the Executive Branch or for operational or mission-oriented activities, Rather, its challenge is to give expression to the obligation of public accountability that the Central Intelligence Agency has and that has been dramatized, often unfairly, by the highly unfavorable and damaging media coverage resulting from the Church and Pike Committees' investigations, In responding to the public's interest in the Agency, this Office takes care to protect valid intelligence secrets, particularly those relating to sources and methods which the Director of Central Intelligence, by law, is required to protect. This statutory requirement results in the often-maligned "no comment" posture on some press queries and constitutes a special element of difficulty in the fundamental process of establishing the credibility of our press relations. Similarly, any discussion of domestic politics or foreign policy is scrupulously avoided. There is, however, an attempt to find ways to make more available information which does not violate secrecy requirements or touch on foreign or domestic governmental policy. Operations + We answer questions posed by representatives of the news media, and provide unclassified background briefings on selected topics for newsmen by Agency analysts. Approved For Release 2004/05/05 : CIA-RDP80M00165A002500050025-6 Approved For Raase 2004/05/05 : 6IA-RDP80M0016 02500050025-6 + A Publications Review Board, chaired by the Assistant to the Director, reviews manuscripts written by Agency employees (and former employees) for non-official publication outside the Agency. + Support is provided to the Director of Central Intelligence and the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, and other selective speakers of the Agency, for public addresses to promote an understanding of the intelligence organization and process. A file of "talking points" is maintained dealing with current problems and likely questions from the public. + We support the Director of Central Intelligence in his role as spokesman for the Intelligence Community, coordinating public affairs aspects with representatives of other agencies of the Executive Branch and Congress as appropriate. + We promote the publication of articles about the Agency through responsive cooperation with responsible authors and publishers when such cooperation would promote the public's understanding of the Agency and its processes. + Letters are written to newspapers, journals, and other publications to set the record straight or correct false information about the Agency when this can be done without jeopardizing or revealing classified information or sources and methods. + Notes are released periodically to the news media concerning matters of Agency policy, e.g. February 1976 state- ment on the clergy and journalists. + We respond to persons writing to the Agency for information on the intelligence organization and process, and appropriate pamphlets to assist students and the public in understanding the Agency and intelligence are maintained and periodically updated. + Advice is provided to operating components on public affairs aspects of contact by Agency personnel with the public that occurs during the normal course of operation. + Unclassified reports prepared by analysts are forwarded to the Library of Congress and made available for duplication and sale to the public at cost, on topics that include climatology, terrorism and Soviet defense expenditures. Approved For Release 2004/05/05 : CIA-RDP80M00165AO02500050025-6 Appr:pv Eot1WpgW ZW4 Wacg4- .W 46 9;5 WR25-pertain operational guidelines have evolved, such as: 1. We do not normally provide background briefings for for.ei2n newsmen. 2. Ground rules for the briefings are that there may be no attribution of any quotes, direct or indirect, to the A y or Agency personae . 3. Briefings are held only at Headquarters. 4. A list of unclassified Agency reports is mailed t journalists and media representatives monthly, and requests for these are filled at no cost to media requesters. In meeting speaking engagements, considerable care is given to the choice of audiences to provide the best possible forums for the Director of Central. Intelligence and the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. Similarly, some television interview programs provide a better format than others, and consideration must be given to satisfying the requests of the networks in an even-handed way. Public speeches by the Director of Central Intelligence and the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence are recorded and filed by the Assistant to the Director's Office to provide a complete record of public utterances by these two officers. Speakers for universities and colleges are drawn by the Assistant to the Director from a list of Agency officials. Smaller groups such as fraternal organizations, high school visitation groups, etc., are addressed by an Office of Training officer. We require a written invitation in all cases. C-F tA_~ / Approved For Release 2004/05/05 : CIA-RDP80M00165AO02500050025-6 Approved For Release 2004/05/05 : CIA-RDP80M0016W02500050025-6 CIA-Connected Issues in the News June 1976 - Present 1. COMPETITIVE ANALYSIS/NIE: Leaks to the press about the contents of a National Intelligence Estimate on Soviet strategic objectives claimed that outside experts convinced CIA that Soviets were aiming for superiority and not parity. SWINE FEVER: Agency falsely accused of introducing swine fever into Cuba in 1971 with major impact on Cuba's agriculture. 5. PHILIP ACEE: Former CIA employee is the author of a book closing CIA names and Latin American operations. He is a perennial problem due to publicity given his criticism of CIA activities. 6. EDWIN G. MOORE is former Agency employee who is accused of trying to sell classified documents to the Soviets for $200,000. The CIA continues to be a frequent target of false allegations by individuals in a variety of situations and out of a variety of motives. Persons standing trial, adventurers wishing to be admired as spies, authors and lecturers seeking sensational publicity to promote themselves and their writings are typical of these. Approved For Release 2004/05/05 : CIA-RDP80M00165AO02500050025-6 Approved For Rase 2004/05/05 : CIA-RDP80M001602500050025-6 CIA-Connected Issues in the News 1975 - Present STAT STAT CHILE: Former Ambassador Edward M. Korry says everybody lies about Chile and accused CIA of a "massive undertaking" in the overthrow of Salvador Allende. CUBANA. AIR LINER CRASH: CIA blamed by Cuba for sabotage of plane in which-73 died. A Cuban exile leader and two Venezuelans have been charged. ASSASSINATIONS: Continuing stories on Lee Harvey Oswald allege the Agency had information on his activities prior to the assassination, withheld the information from the Warren Commission, and then attempted to cover up the withholding. In another case, an Agency release of material in. an FOIA request triggered an AP story (picked up by TASS) that CIA mounted a propaganda campaign to counter Commission critics. ROCKEFELLER AND CHURCH COMMITTEE HEARINGS: Mail Openings Drug Testing on Unwitting Failure to Destroy Poisons Domestic Surveillance of Dissidents Assassination Plots Against Foreign Leaders CIA-Mafia Connections Approved For Release 2004/05/05 : CIA-RDP80M00165A002500050025-6 EXECUTIVE SECRETARIAT Routing Slip ACTION INFO DATE INITIAL 1 DCI 2 DDCI 3 D/DCI/IC 4 DDS&T 5 DDI 6 DDA 7 DDO 8 D/DCI/NI 9 GC 10 LC 11 iG 12 Compt 13 D/ Pers 14 D/S 15 DTR 16 Asst/ DCI 17 AO/DCI 18 C/IPS 19 DCI/SS 20 D/EEO 21 22 Approved For Release 2004/05/05 : CIA- 2500050025-6