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August 8, 1983
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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/07/01: CIA-RDP90-00552R000201570002-6 RADIO TV REPORTS, IN< 4701 WILLARD AVENUE, CHEVY CHASE, MARYLAND 20815 656-4068 FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS STAFF DATE August 8, 1983 4:45 PM CITY Atlanta ' SUBJECT D' Escoto/CIA/Chile NEWSCASTER: CNN's special assignment unit has learned one the leading critics of US involvement in Central America played a surprisingly different role during one of the most controversial periods of US foreign policy. Special assignment correspondent Joe Trento reports. JOE TRENTO: CNN has learned that Miguel D'Escot o, the bitterly anti-American Foreign Minister of Nicaragua and a Roman Catholic priest once worked with the CIA in Chile in the late 1960's. CNN has learned that D'Escoto worked for Roger Vekermans [?] a Belgian Jesuit who has funneled millions in CIA and foreign assistance funds to elect candidates in Chile during the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations. According to a top CIA official, and a former US ambassador to Chile, D'Escoto passed CIA funds to US-backed Chilean candidates. Edward M. Kory served as US ambassador to Chile between 1967 and 1971. Kory revealed D'Escoto's CIA connections in a recent interview near his Connecticut home. AMBASSADOR EDWARD M. KORY: If you take the spokesman of a Sandanista government -- the foreign minister of a Sandanista government, a Mary Knoll priest named Miguel D'Escoto -- well, OFFICES IN WASHINGTON D.C. ? NEW YORK ? LOS ANGELES ? CHICAGO ? DETROIT ? AND OTHER PRINCIPAL CITIES Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/07/01: CIA-RDP90-00552 R000201570002-6