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Approved For Release 2007/05/31: CIA-RDP88B00443R001203980093-0 The Dire*( Central Intelligence Washington. D. C. 20505 ? 2 December 1982 Dear Dick, I liked your letter to The Boston Globe. In your inimitable way you reinstated your membership in the SUM Society. I didn't know what that was either until I met Pat Clancy in the locker room of the Everglades Club last weekend and he hailed me as a member of the SUM Society. I asked what in the world that was. He said, "Stand Up Men." Yours, William J. Casey The Honorable Vernon A. Walters Ambassador-at-Large Room 6313 Department of State Washington, D.C. 20520 ? A.RT I GT APP RED M.A.G. 16 Letters BOSTON GLOBE 28 NOVE ER 1982 ? lar to those I had conducted in Paris i ington__ Because I speak - eight' Ian-. with the Vietnamese and Chinese, were i guages, some felt it important that I in progress. When I learned otherwise, I convey to .these-men in their own lan- refused-to restrain the FBI probe in any guages the commitment of the United way. Indeed, I threatened to resign if States, and particularly of the American ordered to do otherwise. John Dean has intelligence community, to continue the acknowledged this refusal in his own struggle against our enemies even in testimony before Congress. The delay times of great domestic turmoil for us. The dictates of diplomacy . Jeff Stein was kind enough to send me a copy of the cover story he - wrote about me ("Mystery- Man caused to the FBI, while I checked our of American -Diplomacy," August. sources in Mexico, resulted in no--sub- 29). In his accompanying note, he of- { stantial impairment to the investigation. fered to interview me or to allow me With respect to the overall Water- space to comment upon his article. As gate matter, I can only- say that-every he pointed out in the article itself, I nor- step I took at that time. was scrutinized wally refrain from interviews and -sel- in numerous and endless public hear- dom comment on stories. I do so not rags- Nevertheless, I remained in office, because I am particularly opposed to until 1976, four years after the break-in publicity about me. Indeed, during the occurred. -In 1974, Director of the CIA five years from 1976 to 1981, as a pri- James R. Schlesinger, a man respected vate citizen, I wrote a book, Silent Mis- for his integrity, intelligence, and so- sw'S, not $eeret a Mrr Steia's-research. Phisttcatv0n, awarded-:. me the , Dtstm suggests:' Not a single US secret is 'con- ' guished Intelligence Medal for showing tamed in the book. It was published in "the highest qualities of moral integrity six languages. I. traveled widely - and and rigid adherence to his constitutional appeared on national and international responsibilities despite a number of se- television and radio programs --hardly the activities of a shy or reclusive man. I.shun publicity because the nature of my duties as Ambassador-at-Large re- quires me to move discreetly and incon- spicuously in quiet pursuit of our coun- try's foreign policy. Publicity under- mines my ability-to do this. Nevertheless, I feel compelled to re- spond to some of the allegations con- tained in the Stein story because they call into question my personal integrity during my tenure as Deputy and Acting Director of the CIA I feel strongly that ' Never in any of the meetings with Colonel Contreras, the head of Chilean Intelligence,' did the subject of Orlando Letelier or Chilean passports ever arise. Anyone who thinks otherwise is mis- taken. The last time I saw Contreras was overa year before Letelier was murdered. My trip to Paraguay, just be- fore I retired 'in July, had nothing to do, with Chile or passports or Letelier. I am still, however, not at liberty to discuss the nature of my trip. . After' hretired from- tSe CIA, I.had nothing to do with Chile or Paraguay. I had never even heard of Ambassador Landau's cables until August 1976, when the CIA brought them to my vere pressures to lead him toa contrary-'I attention. I answered that I knew noth- position." Mr. Schlesinger is not known (_ing about passports for any Chileans.. as a man who passes out encomia freely. { Furthermore, I explained that I had no When I retired, moreover, President reason to become involved with official Gerald Ford, another man respected US business with Chile or Paraguay be- for his straightforwardness, awarded !!' cause I was, then, a private citizen. No me the National Security Medal, only mention, moreover, was ever made of twenty of which 'bad. ever before. been Orlando Letelier. _ given. Mr. Stein's impressive research ' apparently failed to discover these two 'Ca' = 7 awards, although both are mentioned in Silent Missions, from which he.quotes extensively. ' With respect to Mr. Stein's allega- tions about the senseless murder of Or- lando Letelier, I repeat here what I told the FBI and the Justice Department in 1976: I.knew nothing whatsoever of the . matter. As Deputy Director of the CIA, I met with most heads of foreign intelli- gence services when they visited Wash- the American people must have coati- dence in the integrity of their public servants and that to allow Mr. Stein's' allegations to go unchallenged. is- to shake 'that confidence.' .- -- . - The first allegation relates to an old matter. Watergate. Mr. Stein, like oth- ers, continues to play the "who-knew- what-when" game that has always lefti even the'' most informed observers 1 i befuddled.. I do not intend to rehash the . `? matter- here- I would ' simply like to stress that when it became clear to me that no CIA assets were endangered by an FBI investigation, I refused, as Dep- uty Director, on behalf of the CIA, to have any involvement whatsoever in the matter. When John Dean first asked me _ to stop the FBI investigation into the Mexico money, I thought perhaps that clandestine meetings with Castro, simi- P-p--roved For Release 2007/05 ? Later, while living in Florida, I read about the Letelier murder. But, frankly, a connection between the CIA inquiry about passports - half- the world, by the way, seems to be seeking US passports at one time or another - and the Letelier case did not occur to me. To have rushed to the FBI to report that I did not know anything about a readily available to him. Once again let me emphasize: I could be of no practical assistance to the Letelier prosecution quite simply be- cause I knew nothing about the matter. Mr. Stein spends considerable time i in oth& parts of his article suggesting how I have undermined governments murder in Washington, D.C., 'would . and leaders in the name of democracy. have been as ludicrous as for me to rush to the FBI to announce my ignorance of circumstances surrounding any of a host of - other crimes committed across America on any given day. I had no more reason to do so than would Mr. Stein himself. Apparently Mr. Stein feels that one who dedicated his fife to American intelligence is so wicked as to have: need of protesting his' innocence when no accusation is even made. When, however, the FBI pointed out to me' the possible connection between the CIA inquiry about passports and the Letelier murder, I volunteered to assist in any way I could. I offered to testify under oath that I kiiew nothing about the case, and I volunteered to take a lie detector test. The FBI and Eugene Propper, the prosecutor, apparently thought my testimony and.a he detector test unnecessary to the prosecution's, case. Both offers, however, are a mat- ter of public record. I repeated the of- fers before a House committee on March 10, 1981, a statement Mr. Stein seems to have missed, although his as- signment to the Congressional Press Corps would have made the transcript These parts remind me of an article along the same lines published while I was Attache in Brazil That article de- scribed in detail how I had conducted coup, after coup in Latin America, in- stalled presidents, eliminated enemies, sowed discontent, and brought down governments. Now I had been sent to Brazil; to : do the. same: 1.: reported: the... article .to Washington With the com- ment, "And on the seventh day, I rested" .Asa public servant, .1 have come to expect scrutiny and criticism. As Ambassador-at-Large, however, respon- sibility usually dictates silence and patience. With respect to the integrity -of my actions, I am generally content to await the judgments of our future re- searchers and historians. I have no rea- son to fear the day the truth be told. VERNON A. WALTERS. Washington, D.C. Mr. Walters' letter uaas mailed on Sep- tember 14; the delay in publication was inadvertent - Ed.