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Declassified and Approved For Release 2011/12/20: CIA-RDP90-00965R000100430006-1 r." ;:tom. ,4P E.P D ON FAGS, Kalb quits State over purported false leaks By Richard Beeston THE NMSHINOTON TIMES The State Department's spokes- man Bernard Kalb dropped a bomb- shell yesterday by resigning on the eve of President Reagan's departure for Reykjavik over what he called the administration's "disinformation program" against Libya. His resignation inevitably gives credence to charges that the admin- istration has been spreading "disin- formation" in the American media in an effort to help topple Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. State Depart- ment officials expressed concern it would harm U.S. credibility right be- fore the summit. At an emotional last State Depart- ment press conference, Mr. Kalb de- clared, "I am concerned about the impact of the disinformation pro- gram on the credibility of the United States and its faith. Faith in the word of America, in my opinion, is the pulsebeat of our democracy." Mr. Kalb, a former correspondent for CBS and NBC who has been spokesman for nearly two years, said he had been "grappling" with the is- sue ever since last week's press re- ports of the disinformation cam- paign. He said he had faced a choice of "whether to vanish into unopposed acquiesence, or to enter a modest dissent:' WASHINGTON TIMES 9 October 1986 In announcing his surprise resig- nation, Mr. Kalb said his move was no reflection on his chief, Secretary of State George Shultz, whom he called "a monument to integrity." "Rather, I am dissenting from the reported disinformation program:' he said. In reply to questions, he said he could provide no information on the so-called disinformation cam- paign. He added, "My resignation does not endow me with sudden freedom." Mr. Shultz, in a brief statement, said that he was "sorry to see Bernie Kalb go." He said he respected him "as a colleague and a friend" and wished him well. Earlier Mr. Shultz said, in an inter- view on ABC's "Good Morning America," that, while the adminis- tration had sought to confuse Col. Qaddafi, it had not lied to American reporters. "There isn't any intent to try to spread around false information here so that it gets there and con- fuses him. That's not the idea at all:' he declared, adding, "We shouldn't get involved in any operation where we try to mislead our news media or our public.' At the same time Mr. Shultz said, "When we hit Qaddafi, it did disori- ent him, and it did put terrorism down for a while, and we want to keep it that way." Asked whether Mr. Shultz or the State Department had in fact played a role in a disinfor- mation campaign, Mr. Kalb replied, "I am making no accusations:' Last week Mr. Shultz declared, "I know of no decision to have people go out and tell lies to the media:' But at the same time, he appeared to modify that stand by quoting a phrase by Winston Churchill, who said, "In time of war, the truth is so precious, it must be attended by a bodyguard of lies." Mr. Kalb, who appeared close to tears during his resignation address, ended his press conference on a lighter note. Asked what he intended to do next, Mr. Kalb, known for his flam- boyant neckware replied, "My plans are to hold a memorial service for my orange tie." Declassified and Approved For Release 2011/12/20: CIA-RDP90-00965R000100430006-1