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October 9, 1974
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Approved For Release 2005/08/22: CIA-RDP88-01350R BIRMINGHAM NEWS 9 Oct 1974 BIRt" 1 HAS, ALABAb4A. rIEWS OCT j" 1974, E _ 181,051 CL _?223,626 BY PEGGY ROBERSON News staff writer Miles Copeland, a Birming- ham man who left the city as a youth to join the Army and became an internationally known spy, came home Tues- day night. He will speak tonight to members of the Birmingham branch of the English Speak- ing Union at the Birmingham. Country Club. His second book, "Without Cloak or Dagger: The Truth about the New Espionage," is just off the press. In an air- port interview Tuesday night, Copeland jokingly said be urged the to censor it and assure its success, but they threatened to say they like it. Copeland, 53, a big, tall, grey-haired man is warm and friendly and reviewers have described his writing style as "clear, funny and frank." SOME OF THE insight he gives in the spy business isn't funny. He agrees that it would "scare hell out of you." The current controversy over the CIA's role in the overthrow of Salvadore Al- lende in Chile lilt the news He contends that the CIA about the time Copeland's involvement is not secret, but book hit the bookstores. Al. that any congressman who though he retired from the wants to can find out what's government in 1857, he cheer- going on. He amends that fully admits he "knew all slightly to say some-be- about Chile," and is perfectly cause of their leftist lean- willing to talk about it. ings - are not. granted His major criticism of the CIA in Chile is that "they did- n't do enough." He explains that the U. S. superspys should have seen to it that one of Allende's "democratic" opponents won a majority in the election which put the pro-Soviet president in power. Also,:he says, the CIA pull- ed out too quickly and al- lowed a. "military dictator- ship" to take over. COPELAND BELIEVES no country would voluntarily be-Communist. For example, he says, the U. S. did not over- throw Allende-the CIA sim- ply enabled the local citizens to "resist." Career CIA officers are leaving the service in large numbers, Copeland said, be- cause of pressure from the press and certain congress- men and senators. "security clearance" and thus might not be privy to some of the plans of the intel- ligence agency. Copeland prefers that Americans not think the C! is protecting "business inter-1 ests," although he makes the' point that the nation's inter- ests and business interests eidentical. In addition, he said, all of the countries where Ameri- cans have invested and brought their technological know-how, have henefitted and prospered. Copeland won his first job, with Gen. "Wild Bill" Dono- van, through U. S. Sen. John Sparkman of Alabama. He'' was then in the Army and was placed on Donovan's staff as an information coordinator. He now lives in London, Eng- land, with his British-born wife. Approved For Release 2005/08/22 : CIA-RDP88-0135OR000200810003-2