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December 22, 2016
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March 21, 1986
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Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/12/28: CIA-RDP90-00965R000100190006-8~'TAT WASHINGTON TIMES 21 March 1986 `Disinformation' link draws ire of Pentagon space defense officer By Walter Andrews HE 'VASHJNG-ON MMES A key Pentagon official yesterday said he was "appalled" that remarks he made in a speech this week were linked to a magazine report that the Pentagon is conducting a disinfor. mation program on the Space De- fense Initiative and other military programs. The magazine article referred to appeared in Aviation Week and Space Technology. It said the Pen- tagon, in conjunction with the CIA, is putting out false information on a number of weapons programs to confuse the Soviets. Four U.S. senators, all Democrats, asked the Senate Intelligence Com- mittee Wednesday to look into charges that the SDI office may have given the Soviets a secret classified briefing last June and also may have used Congress and the media in a disinformation campaign to give the Soviets false or misleading informa- tion. "Trying to link an attempt by us [the SDI office] to explain what we do with the Soviets - and why cer- tain information is not readilyavailable -to some deliberate disin- _ campaign is appalling," said Lt. Col. Simon Worden, a special assistant and SDI representative at the Geneva arms talks. In a telephone interview, the colonel said his position was "misrepre- sented" by the linkage implied in thesenators' request and in a press re yesterday. Lt. Col. Worden said that the re porter who wrote the story did not contact him. The reporter, of The Washington Post, quoted from a transcript of the colonel's Monday to a convention of the American Jewish Congress and obtained comments from an SDI spokesman. "The way it was ' Col. Worden said. The briefing referred to was one given Lt. Gen. James Abraham- son last June during arms control negotiations. . The four Democratic senators a for an sking the investigation Intelligence Committee week's magazine article remarks are and this William week , J. Bennett Johnston of Lou isiana , Dale Bumpers of Arkansas and Lawton Chiles of Florida. The colonel said his Monday re marks may have caused possible confusion because he also had said there were some circumstances in which the Soviets would be given valid classified information kept from the American people. Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/12/28: CIA-RDP90-00965R000100190006-8