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February 6, 1973
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Declassified and Approved For Release @50-Yr 2014/02/21 : CIA-RDP84-00161R000400210025-0 IAMI, FTA. YI,ERALTacn LJ 6 lara, - 330,828 S - 479,025 r 3' JAMES MeCARTNEY Herald Washin5lon Bureau WASHINGTON ? After 26 years with the CIA, Rich- ard Helms is the nation's preeminent, m o S t experi- enced spy. And MondaY he lived by. , the code of the spy to the' bitter end. Eased out, without expla- nation, after 61/2 years as head of the CIA, Helms had the first opportunity of his career to tell all at a public hearing. But in the grand tra- dition of the CIA, he chose to keep his mouth shut. HELMS has been banished by the Nixon Administration to the U.S. ambassadorship in Iran ? apparently to give . the job to a Nixon loyalist'. He told Sen. J. William Fulbright (1).,Ark.), chairman of the Foreign Relations . Committee, that he didn't in- tend to start talking now. "I think if I should talk it would be a bad example for those still in the agency," he said. But he did go as far as to say that none of his boys had any 'part in the Watergate affair ? that, he said, in- .volved some ex-CIA agents, with no remaining connec- tions. ? ?"11 had no control over any- one who left," he said. ? Two former CIA agents participated in the celebrated Watergate raid on Democrat- ic National Committee head- quarters in Washington, E. I Toward Hunt Jr.. and James McCord .11.. Helms also said that the ? CIA had not cooperated with Internal ional Telephone and Telegraph Corp. (ITT) for "espionage purposes" in Chile ? as suggested last year by the so-called "Ander- :5CP. papero." :;:ACT, he said thr: CIA lid the sane Iciarls of rein- tions with inaoy covporations overseas aa it had v th Err , -1711/d75-el 47.% " ri `\ ij ickew Richard Helms ... headed for Iran. in Chile ? and he wouldn't describe those relations as "espionage." Ile called them relation- ships for "exchanging infor- mation." - The Anderson papers re ported regular contacts be- tween ITT and a CIA official in Washington iiy an ap- parent attempt to prevent a communist government from. taking over in Chile. ? - But on the whole, Helms had little to say about tivities at the CIA ---- and ' I ?iTiT 1 i ,2 6) ? -07 Helms seemed. . amused. "Mr. Chairman," he replied, "you know as much about Iran as I do." Senators of both parties praised Helms for doing an "objective" job in preparing. reports. The unanswered. and unasked, question at the hearing was why, if Helms had done so well, he had been demoted. Some ad- ministration officials, at least, believe that the White House has been unhappy with Helms' independence at thc.CIA. ? SOME BELIEVE that the ? administration would like re- )orts more in keeping'--- or sbppptive ? of its policies. No senator asked Helms about that, but reporters cornered him in. a hallway after the hearing and popped the question. nothing at all to say about the reasons for his departure. And the often-acerbic sen- ators of. the Foreign Rela- tions -committee, who have often delighted in the past needling the Nixon Adminis- tration, treated Helms with kid gloves. HIS. APPOINTMENT to the Iranian ambassadorship, far from the seats of power he has occupied for so long, was greeted, by and large, as though it were a promotion. The session was, in fact, - thc first time that Helms has ever testified in public before a congressional committee. He has often briefed senators behind closed doors. 1.."Mbliehi chided Helms a liii about the Iranian appoint- ment. line a feeling." lie said, "you knov,, inm-e about the CIA than Iran --- is that a fair stalement?" f71 "That," he said, - "is cocktail party chatter. ? "The CIA has established a. tradition of fair and honest reporting. And presidents know that and all presidents appreciate the need for that." But is he concerned- that the tradition might now be imperiled? "I don't know," he said. - "We'll have to wait and see." Helms' successor at the CIA, James Schlesinger, was a budget expert at the White- house before he was appoint- ed head- of the Atomic Energy Commission last year. He was schedided to testi- fy at an open hearing of the Senate Armed Services Com- mittee two weeks ago Mit at the last minute plans were changed. The. open hearing was canceled. Schlesingey testified behind closed docip... npdassified and Approved For Release @50-Yr 2014/02/21 : CIA-RDP84-00161R000400210025-0