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February 23, 1981
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Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2012/02/29: CIA-RDP90-00965R000402830045-9 - Atti1CLE i ir!%=+! oz: rAGm_]Lt- TIME 23 February 1981 The 2,300-Word Times Correcti A diplomat is cleared under curious circumstances tL- or nearly seven years, Edward Kor- who was U.S. Ambassador to Chile when President Salvador Allende Gossens came to power in 1970, has insisted that he had nothing to do with secret CIA plans to overthrow the Marxist leader. But few beLleveG Senate Select Committee on to gene reported 1975 that Korry a played a mayor role in the aborted cou : the New York imes, Washington Post and other pub- lications repeated the charge in numerous subsequent stories.* Korry's eight-year diplomatic career was ruined, and not until 1979 did he land his present job as visiting professor of international rela- tions at Connecticut College. Then last week, in an extraordinary front-page mea culpa, the New York Times set about refurbishing Korry's reputation. Headlined "New Evidence Backs Ex-Envoy on His Role in Chile," a 2,300-word article by former Times Investigative Ace Seymour Hersh, who still does occasional freelance pieces for the paper, reported that although at- tempts had been made by the CIA to en- gineer a military takeover in Chile, "none of this, it is now evident, was known to Ambassador Korry." What the. Times failed to mention was that the writer who was clearing Korry's name was the man who had written some of the pa- per's most damaging stories about Korry -and that Korry was now one of Hersh's sources for a book he was doing on Henry Kissinger. - . The Times article, surely the'longest correction ever published in the presti- gious paper, was commissioned by Exec- utive Editor A.M. Rosenthal at Hersh's suggestion. Says Rosenthal: "Sy called me and said that he had come across new in- formation that indicated that some of the things we had written about Korry were wrong. My God, if we were wrong in any way I.would want to correct it. I asked him to write it for the Times." Rosenthal felt the Times had a particular responsibility "We had published [the Kor- ry story) extensively and on the front page. There was no question that we should cor- rect the record on the front page." Rosenthal apparently did not know that much of the evidence cited by Hersh 1976, offering to report afresh the Chilean story if Korry would talk with him about se- intelligence activities. cret Korry says he refused as a matter of principle. Hersh heatedly denies that he tried to make such a deal, but con- cedes that he should have re- examined the Korry case sooner. Says he: "I thought he had withheld - information ?TLME in its coverage of these events pve no (teat credence to the accusations agatast Korry, reporting that he was alftont the US. oaicials .I.,,h?Ai..,,.eeu dofandhadde- Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy ;, - from me when I needed it I Approved for Release 2012/02/29: CIA-RDP90-00965R000402830045-9 sponsible editor of a responsible paper would want to correct the record." Ro- senthal readily authorized the corrective story. Korry, in turn, says that he then provided the information for the Kissin- ger project that Hersh wanted. Says Korry: "I've always believed in justice. But there was misreporting by the Times. and certain people at the paper knew that" Korry says he is not bitter about the seven years "spent in a kind of iso- lation ward." As for the Times's belated t effort to clear his name: "It's a start" ^ Korry in his office at Connecticut College "Put it in writing. Tell Abe Rosenthal. " had been kicking around for years or that Hersh had been pressing Korry for help on his book. While working at the Times, Pulitzer . prizewinner Hersh had written numerous stories linking Korry with the Chilean de- bacle. In one article, he reported that Korry was about to be charged with con- tempt of Congress for misleading testi- mony before the Senate committee. Says Korry: "Hersh was the first reporter to stick it to me hard." Admits Hersh: "I led the way in trashing him." When Kor- ry protested to Hersh and other reporters that some witnesses had lied to the Sen- ate committee about his role, only one newsman, Joe Trento of. the Wilmington; (Del.) News Journal, investigated the case in detail. In 1976 Trento wrote that Kor- ry had been victimized by other Govern- ment officials looking for a scapegoat, but the story was largely ignored by the Times and other major news organizations. Not that Hersh had lost interest in the matter. Korry says the Timesman ap- 1 proached him on several occasions, first in 1,