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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/07/29: CIA-RDP90-00552R000303320026-4 /7 AP?SAF,IfD y,?:,TICT _E oai X, ATLANTIC MONTHLY MAGAZINE December 1982 THE PRICE OF POVI Kissinger, Nixon, and Chip BY SEYMOUR M. HERSH YEOMAN CHARLES E. RADFORD DID NOT WANT TO BE reassigned to Washington, but it was the fall of 1970 and he was in the Navy and his country was at war. Radford, twenty-seven years old, had been hand- picked by Rear Admiral Rembrandt C. Robinson to serve as his confidential aide and secretary on the National Secu- rity Council staff in the White House. The bright and am- bitious Radford was an obvious choice for the sensitive job: he was married and had young children; he was a devout Mormon who did not drink and would never consider using drugs; and he was fierce in his determination to earn a commission and become a Navy officer. Radford reported for duty on September 18, replacing a civilian secretary who was being transferred. There was obvious tension in the office, and Admiral Robinson, in one of their first meetings, demonstrated why, Radford recalls: "He made it clear that my loyalty was to him, and that he expected my loyalty, and that I wasn't to speak outside of the office about what I Iiid in the office." - Admiral Robinson was the liaison officer between the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the National Security Council, and his office was a sensitive one: the White House's most highly classified documents, including intelligence materi- als, routinely flowed through it. By mid-1970, Henry A. Kissinger, President Richard Nixon's national security ad- viser, had developed complete confidence in Robinson's discretion and loyalty. It was not surprising, therefore, that Robinson was deeply involved in the secret Kissinger and Nixon oper- ations against Salvador Allende Gossens, of Chile, who had astounded the Central Intelligence Agency and the White House by winning the September 4 popular election for the Chilean presidency, although Allende received only 36.6 percent of the vote in a three-way race. Radford, who arrived at his new post a few weeks after the Chilean elec- tion, vividly recalls the sense of crisis: "This w; n't sup- posed to happen. It was a real blow. All of a sudden, the pudding blew up on the stove." Admiral Robinson and his superiors were "wringing their hands" over Chile, Radford says, "almost as if they [the Chileans] were errant chil- dren." Over the next few weeks, Radford says, he saw This is the second of two installments from Seymour M. Hersh's The many sensitive memoranda and options papers, as the bu- Price of Power: Kissinger in Nixon's White House, which will be pub- reaucracy sought to prevent Allende from assuming office. listed next spring by Summit Books. . Among the ontions was n nr+nnncat to accaccin~te Allende. Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/07/29: CIA-RDP90-00552R000303320026-4