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August 16, 1985
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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/06/21: CIA-RDP90-00552R000100460001-1 BALTIMORE NEWS-AMERICAN (MD) 16 August 1985 Your CIA in (in)action Col. Charlie Beckwith, the John Wayne-like former Green Be- ret - he commanded the 1980 hostage-rescue effort that came to grief in the Iranian desert - is out of the Army now and in the security busi- ness, whatever that means. Last year in Miami he was approached by some Latin American types, including a general who is now the Honduran military attache in Chile: Beckwith and another former offi- cer say the general and his friends want- ed help in assassinating the Honduran president. Beckwith wasted no time in telling the CIA - or at least trying tell the CIA. The CIA man he knew best was on vacation but even when the man re- turned, a secretary told Beckwith sorry, he can't see you for a week. 'This is a hell of a way to run a railroad," said Beckwith. Beckwith and the other for- mer officer flew to Washington anyway and finally got to see some CIA officials - who said they'd rather turn the mat- ter over to the FBI. Happily the FBI set up an undercover operation: Two men have been indicted and will stand trial. The Honduran general remains in Chile. The obvious question: Does the CIA habitually show such a lack of interest ,when somebody of Beckwith's stature approaches it claiming to have vital in- formation? Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/06/21: CIA-RDP90-00552R000100460001-1