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February 10, 1981
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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/07/23: CIA-RDP90-00552R000303370009-8 STAT AtZTICL i?i'tr Ls THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR ON pACI 10 February 1981 Chin (cont:) The case of Edward Korry has become an object lesson against rushing to judgment on individuals when institutional wrongdoing is disclosed. For years doubt has been cast on Mr. Korry's self-exculpating version of his role as US ambassador to Chile a decade and more ago. That was when the Nixon adminis- tration, the ITT corporation, and the CIA were later found to have been trying to sub- vert the Chilean political process. Now new or previously underplayed evidence has come to light in support of bIr. Korry's credibility. It deserves no less airing than the earlier dam- age to his reputation: - A. central point in the emerging story is that Mr. Korry was-telling the truth when he denied that he had received a "green light" message to move in the name of President Nixon.-against Chile's Marxist President Allende. Later evidence showed that the mes- sage had, in fact; gone to a CIA station chief. In this and other matters, it now appears, Mr. Korry, was testifying honestly out of igno- rance whereas some others were simply ly- ing. One of the dismaying sidelights reported by the New York Times is that Mr. Korry re- ceived compliments on his testimony from senior government officials who assumed he was lying, too. Indeed, it strained belief to think that the ambassador on the spot did not know _of his government's machinations. Again the folly of two-track operations - keeping those in the public diplomatic track in the dark- - was exposed. A sorry episode in US history might have been avoided if all had acted in the spirit of.Mr. Korry's warnings. against trying to topple Allende... Press and public would be well advised to allow a margin for error.whenever there are big breaks-in- secrecy as in the CIA investiga- "tions of recent years: The fullstory_on Chile itself is probably still to be'told,_ Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/07/23: CIA-RDP90-00552R000303370009-8