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May 5, 1987
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Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/12/12 : CIA-RDP90-00965R000705970001-6 ARTICLE APPEIAR ON N PAGE U,S. INVESTIGATING ENVOY SOCIALIZING By ELAINE SCIOLINO Special to The New York Time WASHINGTON, May 4 -;me State Department is investigating several cases in which American diplomats may have violated rules against unau- thorized socializing with foreigners in sensitive posts overseas, a high-rank- ing State Department official said to- day. He said the diplomats might be reassigned or recalled. The official, Robert E. Lamb, Assist- ant Secretar y of State for Diplomatic Security, also said the State Depart- ment and other Federal agencies in- vestigated more than 10 American em- bassy staff members every year be- cause of unauthorized socializing with foreign employees and residents. Many of these employees are either reas- signed or recalled. "By and large career diolom recognize overtures for what th an re rt em sal Mr. Lamb d cuss g techniques o oviet bloc intel- li1ence agen an interview "When an employee oesn t recognize them for what they are, he or she will be in- vestigated and transferred." Cases Kept Secret Such cases are kept secret to prevent violations of privacy laws. But Mr. Lamb said secrecy was also important to avoid creating a climate in which American governmental employees would be afraid to admit unauthorized socializing. The problem of unauthorized social- izing is more widespread than is gen- ergily acknowledged and extends far beyond the most recent incident in which two Marine guards formerly posted in Moscow have been charged with allowing Soviet agents into the most sensitive areas of the United States Embassy. The marines were re- portedly involved with two Soviet women who worked at the embassy "It's not just the marines," said Mr. Lamb. "The Soviets will target anyone they can." Bs said Soviet bloc and Communist- ddgtlnated nations used socializing both.. inside and outside their own coun- tries as a classic espionage technique. The degree of social contact allowed between-American embassy employ- ees and local residents varies with the sensitivity of the post and the per- ceived extent of a threat. Most rules governing social contact are confiden- tial, and some are secret, according to Administration officials. NEW YO:;r. " IMES 5 'lay 1987 Business Contacts Allowed lowed, but social contacts in Soviet bloc countries and some Communist-domi- nated countries are severely limited. t'One-on-one social contacts are gen- erally precluded in these places," a State Department official said. " There are also rules on how to report each social and business contact. But Administration officials say the nature and extent of the social contact de- &nds to a large degree on the attitude of the individual ambassador. 'Tn the 1970's, an American ambasa- polit- dor in Eastern was recallwho was a ed because he ical appointee ' became involved with a woman who American officials believed was a member of the K.G.B., the Soviet intel- ligence service, according to Adminis- tration officials. American officials working at the United States Interests Section in Havana and the United States Em- bassy in Managua have been sent home in recent years after dating local women. A Case Is Closed The State Department spokesman, Charles E. Redman, said today that the State Department, the Central Intelli- get}pe Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation thoroughly investi- gated and then closed a case involving the wife of Harry G. Barnes Jr., the Ambassador to Chile, who had an af- fair with an embassy chauffeur when her husband was Ambassador to Rumania a decade ago. Referring to a report about the in- CiRedman said, "This does refer to in- cidents that occurred nearly 10 years ago, or over 10 years ago." He said that the investigation of Mr. Oarnes's wife, Elizabeth, concluded "that there was no effort to take advan- tage of the situation, and no compro- mise or breach of security took place." STAT Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/12/12 : CIA-RDP90-00965R000705970001-6