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~ Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/08/20 :CIA-RDP90-005528000505130009-0 R'ASIiINGTON - Oa Nor. 9, the day before l.eeaid Brezhaev died, lta1- ian Interior Ministez Virginio Rognani received a visit from the C.I.A.'s vice chief of station is Rome sad a staffer from the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee. The Americans wanted to knave about the Bulgarian connective to the shooting of the Pope. Mr. Rogaani explained that Ali Agra, the Tluidsb ,e **T}19i1. had hem informed a few months before thai Italy could not afford the cost of keep- ing him fa solitary contiaemeat much.. longer. To Mr. Agra, that meant he would be transferred to as ordinary prison and would Promptly be mur? dered. That induoad him to talk about the Bulgarian Govezttmmt ol8eials who hired him to kill the Pope. ..what proof do you have?? asked the C.IA man. The man is charge of Italy's iater- aal seturiry laid oust the facts: that the. , gunman was scold-blooded killer for hire, and not a fanatic or ideologue; that be was able to pass into Bulgaria easily ve as Indian passport-and take up residence in a fizst-class hold, which requires secr+ct service knowl- edge ; that be catered pe~iless sad came out with 550.000 from what is hardly a land of opportunity; that he was able to describe accurately the living quartos of the Bulgarian offi- cials who ~wert his coatsoLs sad coa- tacts; sad that a flurry of electronic communicative came out of the Bul- garian Embassy 'just before the . at- tack wthe Pope. similar w the ea tiviry that took place before an Ameri- eaa general was abducted. Tbt C.lA man waved that all aside. "You have no proof,', ht said, sad did his best to ~'cY w the ltal- iaa G+avernmeat a high degree of skep- ticism from the American Goveta- meat. ''what Proof do yw ~vaat?" asked Mr. Rognani. The dreumstaatial evi- deaoe alreaQy presorted. along with some mere that the gitamaa wan ea- . petted to reveial. was the best that A'EI' YORK TI2~S 27 DFCEI/~Bt~.'R 1982 ESSAY this ston!~ why are we setting ~oe;r. selves standards of proof that the `You I-Iav So~~et bloc a-i11 make impossible to meet? ^ One reasarn is humanly iastitutioa- e al: most spooks, aher the C.lA's IIat + rock was flipped over in the pos;- N o iVatergate ern, don't want anybody to think that assassiastive is past of arty nation's ''dirty tricks," and so they come to the defense of the K.G.B. is Proof grand le Cam fashion, hinting that the evidence is part of as a~-Aadro- Pte' Plot:. (Aa ezceptiw is former Di- rector of Central Intelligmce Richard Helms who was pointing a fxa er at By w1u131~1 S`afITC g this "classic intelligence oPeratioa" fivm the start) could be garnered w a covert' ope:rs- Another reaaw has to do with the flan I3obody would come forward wo:idags of the American press: with a fingerprint of Yuri Aadrapw w where does a story of such magnirixk the gun, but it was certain that ao such come off being b:+~lcor is the Readers' missive could be tmdtrtakor without Digest, sad developed in dash by the permission o! they K.G.B., then NBC, a inert television network? headed by Mr. Andropov. Such a story need. esablishme~t b According to one report of the meet- gitimacy; only a major ne~wspapes fag, the C.1.A. representattve ooatin- can properly Provide that ued to view with distaste the coaclu- Theo there is the boggiea-eat fat. sioas being reached by the Italian ia- tor: the story of the spymaster who vcstigators. Meanwhile, is other caps- gave the order to k~Il the Pope sad talc -end is washit?gton -middle- thereby saved Poland from Solidasity level C.IA men with jotzraalistic con- sad rose to the top in the Kremlin - tatzs have been pooh-pooping the that's a large lump of iatormatiw w story. In Rome, U.S. foreign service digest Evil so audadous is tmbeliev- officers have hem telling Italian dtp- able. . lomats that the taveatigatiiw is sa ta- The oeat:sl reawn for the shameful teraatiooal rduaaaoe to urge the Italians w is Thus, the Italian Government fvuad political: we have to deal with this itself purstriag a case that caused it to man Aadropos, say our doves, sad ii strain relations with a Communist the chain of aramsstsaoe is drawn neighbor sad profotmdly offend the too tight we might not be able:o trust neR soviet leasder without the moral the Soviets or arms control. . support of the gv~erameat of the That far of not being able tiD bring . United Sues. The larlradaisicai atti- back dttente motivates most of those trade of most oI the US. press on this who wish this awful nail of eitratm- subject throughout the earlywinter - stance would vanish. we know especially after the man who had to ugh; they do not want to know nay have at least guilty kmwledge of the more. plot was elevated tiD the tap post in the Tbat is why, 'nicer !ear are prs Kremlin -was seen by Italisas as sorted which compell cannon sense further evidence that the U.S. wanted ~ to lay the acme at the Kremlin door. the iavestigatiioo shut do7vn. we will bear the laoelas . offidals Why do we require wags to tooth oomplaim. "you have m proof." . Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/08/20 :CIA-RDP90-005528000505130009-0