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December 22, 2016
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September 10, 1986
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STAT Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2012/05/01 : CIA-RDP90-00965R000605650002-1 R ?A'PEA*O N -6--l M...0 NEW YORK POST 10 September 1986 nAMtI& !wi . j . ~1 ---- - -- - ^ ^ w ? .l By;CARL T. ROWAN( A DEAL involving accused many nations Soviet spy Gennady Zak- In early 1980 President bl h 1 . h is b t arov pro y a eon y way to get American re- porter Nicholas Daniloff out of that Moscow prison. But there are worrisome aspects to, such a deal. and they- ought to re-alert American journalistic in- stitutions to the need to re- main absolutely aloof from the nation's spy networks. Even if Daniloff, a U.S. News & World Report cor- respondent, is allowed to come home, while Zakha- rov is eventually brought to trial, the "deal- will keep alive in a lot of totali- tarian countries the notion that many American jour- nalists are spies. Leaders of a police-state mentality will say, "Danil- off. must have been guilty of something," even though everything we know indicates that he is a victim of one of those "setups" for which the Soviet KGB is notorious. Any _"deal" that feeds the idea that ourna sts are tools of the CIA or other intelli ence a encies is dangerous even to the point of being a death war- rant for newsmen whose aggressiveness Americans depend on to give them some measure of truth about what is going on in the Soviet Unio China. South Africa, Chile and Jimmy Carter and his di- rector of central intelli- gence. Stansfield Turner, erred grievously in their insistence that the CIA should occasionally turn journalists into spies. Turner had sold Carter the spurious argument - that iournalists are "citi- zens first." and that if "na- tional security" regimes them to SK, then they must 00 their. duty everyone else. Unfortunately, a few pub- lishers and editors swal- low this be-a-patriot hokum. So we have had just enou h newsmen dou- not government agents, as b ng as spies to lend some are so many of the so- credence even to trumped- called Soviet reporters up KGB charges. _ posted around the world. The world's freest press N the Soviets may not cannot remain free, at believe us, but it won't hurt home or abroad, if we fall for U.S. editors and publish- into the trap of cloak-and- erg to say loudly, over and dagger patriotism. That is over, that their newsmen because free, energetic, are forbidden to engage in probing newsmen are not thm ce activities, and welcome anywhere - no, that anyone found doing so not even by the leaders of' will be drummed out of this democracy. American Journalism. That is because good That surely would impress journalists, by definition, some world leaders. And it dig up and print or broad- would leave American news- cast things that rulers and men reasonably free to bureaucrats prefer not to . gather and write the infor- have revealed. mation we must have if we . I know that we will never are to make the right deci- convince the Kremlin that sions on matters crucial to American newsmen are our survival as a democracy. Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2012/05/01 : CIA-RDP90-00965R000605650002-1