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January 29, 1982
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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/08/06: CIA-RDP90-00552R000707140004-0 ARTICLE APPEARED 011 PAGE__ !~ ~ NEW YORK TIMES 29 JANUARY 1982 To one e side were e two d two glass-enclosed POLES IDENTIFY - Er sid ewe booths containing what was labeled as American spy devices, including tran- CiA sistor radios, cameras, code paper that AS AGES.OF AGENTS was said to vanish on contact with Police Film Purports to Show, 3 American Spies at Work 'l -- 6 Others Are Cited By JOHN DARNTON i sr?6+t,oZa.I+.wYoe~nm.a "`.. ~.'~ WARSAW, San 23 - The Polish Gov ernment accused - the United States today of espionage. in Poland and said the Central Intelligence " Agency had played a significant role in creating anti-Government opposition. At a news conference, three colonels- presented what they said was.evidence .of spying. They showed film clips of three diplomats once posted here.and named six others stationed outside Po- land who theysaidwere C.IA. agents: The film was part of a five-part series being shown on television. Titled "Who is Who," it uses Interior Ministry film purporting to show spies at work. - ,' Poles said the television series was more anti-American than anything that they had seen since theheight of the cold -war. It was regarded as a retort to-the United States Government-sponsored television program, "Let Poland Be PO: land," which is to be aired on Sunday :,r ,, .The accusations also appeared'-An- tended to cast a further chill on contacts between Poles and Westerners, espe- cially diplomats, and. to undercut the Solidarity trade union and dissident. groups by - suggesting that tliey were. linked with foreignsubversion:. ' ; _ One of the officers at the news confer= ence, Col. Zbig lew-Wl lockl of the- tenor Ministry's ?roounterintelligence unit, said in response to a question that actions of - Solidarity "aimed., at the breaking of the.state were to?a signiti cant extent the result of activities by the U.S. secret services."t i t -~ United States diplomats here-derlded the accusations in private and said pub- lic comment on specific- charges-must .come from the State Department. Others at the news conference, which was held at the Government press cen- ter, were Col. Hipolit Sta_rszak, head of the Interior Ministry's investigation bu- reau, and Col. Boleslaw IClis, who is with the MilitaryPrsecutor's Office,,: hidden in the handle of a shaving brush. Reporters examined the objects before the conference opened, as a song sung by Tom Jones was piped into the room. The first film was about Leslie Stern- berg, Identified as.a third secretary in the- consular. division- of the United States Embassy here from 1979 to 1981- The film,- evidently taken from a mov- ing van, shows a Fiat car-.being stopped "for a routine road check,"-" on March 13; 1981. Inside the trunk, according to the narration; were found printing ink, bro- chures and leaflets from the Confedera- tion for an Independent Poland, a dissi- dent group. Miss Sternberg is shown standing grim-faced beside the car and Embassy Job is Called Cover. The camera zeroes in on her Amen. can passport. "It was learned that she speaks ?Pol- ish, but not well enough to answer cer-? tain questions; ' the narration says, add- ing that her embassy job was a cover for collecting information,. such.-as- the home addresses of police officials:. . The second episode concerned Peter Burke, described as a second secretary . in the embassy's political section in 1979 and "an important spy." The film shows his identity papers, his'local residence and then a park wherea stone had been placed under a lamppost. A car is seen stopping nearby, a man picking up the stone- Then Mr. Burke is brought to po.. 'lice headquarters"where, according to the narration, "he keeps repeating 'I am an Amercian diplomat" .r'. ; Inside the stone, which is opened on camera,.was said to be Information on Poland's air defense sy ? stn2. A close-up of Mr. Burke's face follows- "This is the man who worked for.,the C.I.A-and slipped on a stone in Poland," the narratorsa ?--F-'- ysj ?s. ~ PoleTells of Vietnam Incident A third segment was about anuniden- tified Pole, the man who was said to have left the stone. He describes on film how he was recruited by the Americans while a member- of the Polish Control. Commission in South Vietnam. , The fourth concerned Alicia Wesolow- 1 ska, a Polish citizen who worked for the United Nations and was arrested while on a : visit herein August 1979, `was I charged with espionage and is now serv-, ing a seven-year sentence. Her case has become an international cause celebre. --:The film was'apparently made during 'idea, interrogation.,. Over , -a.- -scratchy soundtrack, she-is seen saying that she had provided "bits and pieces'^of infor--- rrationon diplomats at the--United Na- tion t- nclt dink Russian;:-The-detaiLT called -X- side an a longtime szewski, second ical secti .Romasze meats to p not being o `Spy Colonel Wi; --.,... u are uevernmentl did not wantto create a "spy mania." i "We are not planning to limit contacts 1 of Poles with Western embassies," he said, "but frequently official contactsi later change intosomething else,' He acknowledg d?that Soviet-bloc na- tions might also be using. spies.in the West, but said; `.'Poland is not threaten- ing anyone. We must defend ourselves asa sma11 European country.'. :: , z Colonel Wislocki gave the names and positions of sit` people he said were 'C.LA. agents attached to United States embassies mother-foreign capitals. Many of them, Colonel Wislocki said, tried to recruit Poles abroad to work for theC:IA~, Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/08/06: CIA-RDP90-00552R000707140004-0