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February 24, 1980
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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/08/27: CIA-RDP90-00552R000403680054-3 F AG?A~ '~ ON were shot to death in Africa home in Novembt Another couple, Chi leader Bernardo Leight wife Ana, were seriousl' an unsuccessful ass attempt in Rome in Octo The South African g that controlled BOSS is n power, and the new gov trying to solve the Smit The new government's the Cuban nationals. These lawyers say that the CIA was not required to give them any information not directly related to the I,cteli er bombing. Ricardo-Canete; a protected wit ness in the Letelier bombing, told the Sunday News Journal that Vir- gilio Pablo Paz and Dionisio Suarez;- the fugitives wanted in the Letelier killing, had been using counterfeit money and South Afri- can gold Krugerrands to. live on, ? while at large. Testifying under the name of , Carlos Casado,' Canete gave that:' information in secret to a grand jury in March 1978, but did not repeat it at the public trial. The convicted Cubans defended themselves by claiming that the, any links and would not discuss the Letelier-, loffit killings were a CIA- matter further on the telephone. operation from the beginning. The Informed by the Sunday News Justice Department has insisted the Journal of the hit team's operations,: murders were plotted by agents of a member of the Senate Select Com 'the Chilean government. mittee on Intelligence,: charged -The CIA started. working closely ` i with CIA oversight, said last week.' 'in '1960 with anti-Castro Cubans .This may have been an.attempt by. 'training them in Miami and Guate-.? the CIA to-get around.. the prohib-,; ?mala before the Bay of Pigs inva ition. on assassinations. -.The idea.. sion. The CIA also played a large that they. turned In - intelligence role in the overthrow of the Marxist sources who had been on their pay Allende government in Chile in.. roll is outrageous." -:a : . ' . . 1973. search for the missing Letelier murder suspects:: The prohibition on assassinations "WwY have professional killers, trained by one of our came. in a presidential. executive FBI' and Justice Department. own government agencies; on*the loose,"; said one FBI order after a 4975 Senate.probe. sources ' said the relationship,., ,.agentfamiliarwith the case between the CIA, DINA and the i s revealed CIA involvement . in The known..victims of-the hit team include . Former. attempts on the lives of ' foreign Cubans explains why the CIA was. Chilean Gen.. Carlos Prats and his wife, Cora, killed in :leaders. y::; ? reluctant to help track down Paz :an October 1974 bombing in Buenos`~Aires~- Chilean and Suarez, the two Cubans who-1 .: , , . ?; ? ; j r: Minister of Defense Oscar Bonillo;:blown up with five remain at large .other people;,in a helicopter in. Chile;in=.March''1975.;. - Ronni Kapen Moffitand.Orlando Letelier; who' died in the-September 1976-Washinetont car bombine~and Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/08/27: CIA-RDP90-00552R000403680054-3 the Washington assassinations and is looking into how their: flight was financed and how-they are linked to Omega-l=and ZERO,'two-.Cuban Nationalist Movement groups claiming credit for a number of terrorist acts,: including one of the assassination attempts.; :--Justice-Department.and_ FBI-of ficials.sayiprivately they.are incensed by the lack of.cooperation from. the not inform them that Cuban Nationalists-were receiv- ing arms, money or false passports even after the hit team killed Chilean exile Letelier and an American in a. -1976 :Washington; D.C., car bombing ' The FBI has been hunting two CubanNationalists for FBI and Justice Department officials say.theCIA did said he had no information about ? involved - in . at least a . dozen. murders since- 1974, investigation has- expan was recruited with Central Intelligence Agency help seas because i - "may'i for the - secret police of. South .Africa and. Chile,. a international plot." Le Ge Sunday News Journal investigation has discovered- last week that he has two The victims include'Chilean exile leader: Orlando London exploring Letelier and a high -ranking South African official who national connection." uncovered a majorgovernment scandal Spencer. told the -Sun South Africa's Bureau for State Security (BOSS) and. Journal that BOSS "had a .. , .Y, way its Chilean counterpart, called DINA, began hiring relationship with DINA and would CIA-trained anti-Castro fanatics in .1973. to carry out, exchange favors."- Spencer said .contract killings. BOSS was disbanded last year and Sunday News Journal reporters followed a chain of reorganized as a -less powerful -evidence that included weapons, gold coins, and pass-: National Intelligence Service. ports and other documents that linked the contract hit' "I can only tell you that many of team with South Africa's and Chile's secret police= the former BOSS officials have gone~ The News Journal investigation included interviews underground. The murder of the with secret government witnesses now in hiding under Smits has not been solved. Our gov- false identities, with current and former South African ernment has no idea of who did it," and Chilean intelligence agents and with present and Spencer said. former officials of the' CIA, the Justice and State CIA spokesman Dale Peterson .Departments.-:: said that he could not discuss details These sources say the CIA helped form the hit team ? of the relationship between the CIA by arranging introductions for operatives of BOSS and and other governments. "Sources DINA to leaders of the Cuban nationalist movement in ' and methods are something we just Miami and Union City, N.J. In return; DINA killed at can't talk about, and that's what you least 17 agents of the Cuban Intelligence Service and are getting into." - BOSS provided information about Communist activi- Juan Prado, press attache at the ties in Africa. Chilean embassy in Washington, WILMINGTON SUNDAY NEWS JOURNAL 24 February 1980 Cop 'right 1980, The News-Journal Compauy By JOE TRENTO ` 1 in New York, Michael Spi "It is politically imperat country to solve this case Louis Le Gerange, Sou minister of police, said.