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February 15, 1975
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RADIO TV XgPTVfi easg9t10/13 : CIA-RDP88-01315RO 41 EAST 42ND STREET, NEW YORK, N.Y. 10017, 697-5 100 STAT FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS STAFF PROGRAM THE AMERICAN 140MA'1 STATION !., , FEBRUARY 15, 1975 1 2 :21 P .M .CITY NEYORK Gt1 a'w~ E~w a ~ 1 C I A P r4yu r. Of- THORNTON: THE AMERICAN l?/OMAN, New charges that the LEE CIA used the League of 'Iomen Voters overseas to conduct surveillance on women's groups. I'm Lee Thornton reporting on the CBS Radio Network. More in a moment. THORNTON: A Seattle woman is charging that the Central Intelligence Agency used a branch of the League of '-omen Voters to collect information about women's groups overseas. Ann Roberts who worked as a secretary for the Overseas Education Fund of the League says she can substantiate the charge. ANN ROBERTS: I knew it because I gathered this much from reading the correspondence in the office that was freely circulated and was not secret or anything. It was everyday information in the office, and it didn't take too long to figure it out. THORNTON: And what did it benefit the CIA to spy on overseas women's groups? ROBERTS: In doing this, they can learn how to manipulate women's groups as they did in Chile, and I think it has been proven that the CIA provided funds to various movements in Chile in order to disrupt and sabotage the Allende government, and they can do the same thing -- they did it with the women's groups in Chile, they bussed them from one area of Santiago to another, and it was called The Empty -- the March of The Empty Pots, and it made it look like the poor people were against Allende's government when in fact it was the upper-class women who were demonstrating that created quite a bit of disruotion in Allende's government. And, I don't want this to happen again, women being manipulated like this. OFFICES IN: }p1DNIIW ~BPFR Ie@ ~A ~~M ~ ~~~ )b~8~~ "I~KUUU~ 3U~U I P4 INCIPAL CITIES -Material supplied by Radio TV Reports, Inc. may be used for file and reference purposes only. It may not be reproduced, sold or publicly demonstrated or exhibited." Approved For Release 2004/10/13 : CIA-RDP88-01315R000300430001-4 2] THORNTON: Why women's groups? Ann Roberts says women are so eager to participate, to take a roll in government, that they may be easily manipulated and easily misled. Roberts was asked if she had faith in the Rockefeller investigation of the CIA. ROBERTS: No, I don't. I have some degree of faith In the Senate investigation though, and I hope they will take up this matter. The Rockefeller brothers' foundation was one of the places funding the Overseas Education Fund, and I'm sure that they didn't want this to come out, and I don't know how much they're going to look Into it, but I hope that the Senate will. THORNTON: The Overseas Education Fund has denied giving information to the Central Intelligence Agency, and the CIA has declined to comment on the Roberts' allegations. THORNTON: THE AMERICAN WOMAN. Lee Thornton, CBS News, New York. Approved For Release 2004/10/13 : CIA-RDP88-01315R000300430001-4