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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/07/23: CIA-RDP90-00552R000303370003-4 EDITOR & _PU3LIS R 28 P?eoruarr 1981 York Times dears ex vo , 's name By Andrew Radolf It was an "unusual story" by all accounts: A front page exoneration of a former United States Ambassador to According to Korry, after the story appeared in the Times, as well as_ other Chile in the New York Times headlined, unable to work in either government oral "New Evidence Backs Ex-Envoy on His journalism, his first career. Role in Chile.". Korry had been U.S. Ambassador to The February 9 story was written by Ethiopiafrom 1963 to 1967 before assum- Seymour M. Hersh who left the Times in ing his post in Chile. He also had been March 1979 to write a book on former United Press's chief European corres- Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. pondent based in Paris in the early 1950's Hersh won his Pulitizer for international and had covered the beginnings of the reporting in 1970 for his stories on the My United Nations at Lake Success, New II Lai Massacre.- He also won several . York for UP. One of his fellow reporters awards for his 1974 investigative series inI at the U.N was A.M. Rosenthal, then a the Times on domestic spying by the CIA1 Times reporter. and the Drew Pearson Prize in 1975 for his! . Korry said he and Rosenthal had been stories on CIA involvement in Chile. Hersh, at the request of Edward M. Korry, U.S. Ambassador to Chile from 1967 to 1971, told Times executive editor A.M. Rosenthal in November 1980?that he had uncovered new evidence while researching his book supporting the ex- envoy's claim that he never knew any- thing about covert CIA attempts to pre- vent Salvador Allende Gossens from being sworn in as that country's presi- dent. Rosenthal responded to the news by assigning Hersh to write the story for the Times. "This is a very unusual story," Rosen- thal said. "In itself it's a story. It's not a correction. We ran stories some years ago. The writer came across some new information, so we ran that story." The executive editor added he had asked Hersh when the latter informed him of the new evidence "not to put it in, the book before you write-if for us." In the spring of 1973 Korry had testified to the Senate Subcommittee on Multina- tional Corporations headed by Frank Church, former Senator from Idaho, that the covert plot against Allende in 1970, known as Track. II, did not exist. - - --- .. At the time, few believed Korry was telling the truth. On September. 17, 1974, Hersh wrote in the Times that the subcommittee staff said it was recommending that Korry, along with former CIA director Richard Helms and other-Nixon officials, be charged with contempt of Congress for allegedly giving misleading testimony at the 1973 hearings. Korry's name was never submitted to the Justice Department, and the former ambassador was never charged with any news media including the Washington Post, he became "a pariah" who was -friends from 1946 until the news stories appeared in 1974 on his role in Chile. The ex-envoy said Hersh's story on September 17, 1974 and two other stories by theTimes reporter on September 8 and September 10, 1974 were some of the most. harmful to his reputation. Korry said Hersh's February 9 story ends nearly seven years of frustration in trying to get himself heard by the major news media including the Times. "The story reestablishes an integrity I was robbed of unjustly and unfairly seven years ago," Korry told E&P. "It's the Times that has ended the nightmare that began seven years ago." Korry stated "an accurate reading of the record (of his 1973 testimony)" would show he had "inadvertently stopped it (Track II)" by continually acting against it "without knowing it existed." "If he (Hersh) had called me and asked me," Korry said, "he never could have written what he did." ,;, Korry contended Hersh for his September 17, 1974 story relied on in- formation supplied by a source on the subcommittee instead of reading the re- cord-The ex-envoy stated that Hersh in a recent conversation admitted to "only skimming" the record of Korry's testi- mony. E&P asked Hersh if he had made such an admission to Korry. Hersh replied the allegation was "ludicrous. I let my record as a journalist speak for itself." Korry also contended that Hersh was aware by the end of 1976 that his stories in 1974 about the former Ambassador's role in 'Chile were inaccurate. STAT Hersh wrote in his February 9 Times; story, and told E&P, that he had con-1 tacted Korry in 1976 about doing another story to present Korry's side of what hap- pened in Chile but had concluded the for- mer ambassador's account was "too self- serving to be credible." But Korry said Hersh never wrote a story in 1976 about his version of events in Chile because it would have been "ideologically displeasing" and dealt with CIA involvement in the country dat- ing back to the Kennedy administration. Korry claimed that in 1976, Hersh had said to him, "I may resurrect you" if he agreed to provide the Times reporter with, information on Henry Kissinger's in- vovlement in covert CIA operations in Chile. Korry said he told Hersh he would only talk about "what I did and could swear to." Hersh dismissed Korry's claim of an offer "to resurrect him" and said he "did not want to dignify it with a denial." Hersh did write a storyfor the Times on December 23, 1976 which mentioned Korry near the end. Hersh wrote testi- mony Korry had "volunteered in June (1976)" to Federal investigators looking into allegations of CIA/iTT wrongdoing in Chile was found by them to be "'helpful."' In that same story, Hersh credited Joe Trento of the Wilmington News-Journal with writing the "first published reports of the active grand jury investigation in the CIA-Chile connection." Trento's story appeared December 19, 1976 in the News-Journal. It was the second of many stories by Trento which began appearing November 28, 1976 and continued into 1978. In his stories, Trento wrote at length about Korry's account of events in Chile and said the former ambassador had been victimized by others in the government who were his political opponents. "Sy Hersh had all the information of any consequence Uat appeared in his story on February 9, 1981 by December 19, 1976 when he had his hands on our second story dealing with what really happened in Chile," Trento said. "I didn't have any preconceived notion of Ed Korry. I checked out what he had to say and it stood up. The readers of the Wilmington News-Journal knew the truth' four years earlier than the people who read the Times." Hersh told-E&P,."I didn't trust Joe's articles as much as I should have. At one point, I felt one of his stories was very bad. The later stories were very good. I didn't think much of those stories be- cause I was wrong (about Korry in 1974)." . " "?-~ Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/07/23: CIA-RDP90-00552R000303370003-4