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September 15, 1974
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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/06/29: CIA-RDP90-00552R000404440171-8 .Azw XURR T1Z= 15 SEP 1974 U.S. Involvement .In Chile: Truth I Something Else The disclosure that the Central Inte;- !igence Agency secretly spent millions of dollars to "destabilize" the Govern- ment of the late President Salvador Ai. lende Gos6ens- of Chile has led to charges on Capitol Hill that the public once again had, in effect, been lid to by the Government. There is a significant difference be- tween the public testimony of State Department witnesses and the secret testimony by the head of the C.I.A. 4, Last year, reacting to widespread rumors that the United States had had a hand in the overthrow and death of Dr. Allende, two State Department of- ficials and a former Ambassador to Santiago assured a Senate Foreign Re lations su$committee that Washington had of intervened in internal Chilean -affairs after Dr. Aller'de's election in 1970. Last April 22, in "classified" tes- tirconv before a House Foreign Affairs subco :..-aittee, C.I.A. director William E. Colby revealed that his agency had covertly spent $8-million in Chile be. tween i970 and 1973 to undermine-Dr. Allende's ability to govern. A nogg other things. the C.I.A. tried to bribe members of the Chilean Con- gress. .. Colby said the project was author:=ed by the "=0 Committee," headed by Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Mr. Kissiner is also re- ported to have personally directed cur- tailment of all economic aid and credit to the Allende regime. The State Department's comment last week was that it was "unaware of any misstatements" in its officials' tes- timony. What that apparently meant was that the officials had been com- menting solely on rumors of United States involvement in the military coup a^_airst Dr. Allende, a democrati- ca!!v elected Marxist, not on any covert C.I.A. operations that may or may not have taken place prior to the coy.:a. 1.1 the light Of last ~ Sunday's dis- c;;,sere the subcommittee chairman, D'r - ratio Senator Frank Church 'oc i authorized the staff to review the testimony and refer any misleading portions to the Justice Department for an investigation of possible perjury. In Summary 'Suspicions' in India The reports or C.I.A. activities in Chile have also raised fears abroad that the United States might attempt to subvert regimes4in other countries. Daniel P. Moynihan, the American Am- . , bassador to India, warned 'Mr. Kissin- ger in a cable dispatch last week that Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi "is rot, sure that we would be content to see others like her overthrown." Mr. Moynihan said that he had for- mally assured Mrs. Gandhi at the time of the Chilean coup last year that the United States had not helped bring about Dr. Allende's overthrow. The re- cent revelations, Mr. Moynihan said, have contradicted his assurances and confirmed her "worst suspicions and genuine fears" about the American at- titude toward her government. ltr. Movnihaa has flown home to confer Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/06/29: CIA-RDP90-00552R000404440171-8