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AR itCLE AP E-R D 01 PAGE A,~t-_ved For Release 2bFi' ibZ'6iW-PD $-01315R000400410023-+ 4 `/~ ., > = C1 d-Contro a-w ject Amin IncludedAssassin-Makina' United Press International The CIA once developed a secret mind-control plan to induce an unwit- ting foreign official to assassinate one of?his country's leaders or, "if neces- sary," an American official abroad, newly released documents show. The plan was part of Operation Arti- choke, the intelligence agency's 23 year program of experimenting with exotic poisons and drugs for use in -mind and behavior control. .The three-page, 25-year-old memo- randum detailing the assassination plan, was obtained by a citizens' group sponsored by the Church of Scientology under a Freedom of Infor- mation suit. The church has been feuding for years with the FBI, the Internal Reve- nue Service and a number of other federal agencies over its tax-exempt status. Recent congressional investiga- tions have found that the CIA plotted the assassination of-Cuban leader Fidel Castro and some other foreign leaders. 'he CIA says none of the plans was carried out. And it. called the mind control plans purely hypothetical. The newly released, censored memo shows, "The Artichoke team visited (blank) during period 8 Janu- 15 January 1954..' "The purpose of the visit was to give an evaluation of a hypothetical problem, namely: Can an individual of (blank) descent be made to per- form an act of attempted assassination' involuntarily under the influence of Artichoke?" "Essential elements" of, the prob- _I "It was proposed that an individual of (blank) descent, approximately 35 years old, well-educated, proficient in- English and well-established socially and politically in the (blank) govern- ment be induced under Artichoke to perform an act, involuntarily, of at- tempted assassination against a prominent (blank) politician or, if necessary, against an American offi- cial., A handwritten footnote indicates the plan was "similated only." "Because the subject-is a heavy drinker," it continued. "it was pro- posed that the individual could be surreptitiously drugged through the medium of an alcoholic cocktail at a social'party, Artichoke applied and the subject induced to perform the act of attempted assassination at some later date. . After the act of attempted assassination was performed, it was assumed that the subject would be taken into custody by the (blank) gov- ernment and thereby `disposed of.' /-1 S rr~ vf+ i 6 /.,4 2. v, / .+- - I Approved For Release 2005/01/13 : CIA-RDP88-01315R000400410023-1