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March 29, 1983
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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/02/23: CIA-RDP90-01208R000100050028-8 THE BOSTON GLOBE 29 March 1983 A fearful symmetry Nothing is vet proved beyond the shadow of. a doubt, and there may be demons of disinfor- mation lurking in the shadows, yet evidence. filtering into the public domain suggests that the Bulgarian secret service, acting at the be- hest of the Russian KGB, may indeed have planned the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II.. . The very notion that the Polish Pope was shot for political reasons is so Intrinsically dis- turbing that it is rejected out of hand by many people. Those who wince at the baroque, and often paranoid, conspiracy theories spun around the assassinations of JFK and Martin Luther King Jr. are understandably reluctant to consider a whole new bibliography of con- spiracy literature. Skeptical spirits pick up the scent of the irrational in all conspiracy scenar- ios. whether the filaments of guilt lead back to the New Orleans Mafia and the CIA, or to Turk- ish drug smugglers, the Bulgarian secret ser- vice and the Russian KGB. Nevertheless, in the matter of power and the struggles to get it and hold it, there is ample historical evidence indicating that reality fa- vors the irrational, and that paranoid modes of understanding may be the most accurate. Americans who were able to accept the rev- elations of CIA schemes to murder Fidel Castro or to overthrow the democratically elected gov- hiring of Turkish gangsters. Stripped of diplo- ernment of Chile's President Salvador Allende matic euphemisms and high-tech firepower. ought to consider with an open mind the possi- - the superpower conflict, seen in this way. be- bility that Russian intelligence operatives are gins to look like a gang war between the two as capable of, criminal behavior as Yankee most powerful families in organized crime. operatives who took their degrees at Princeton or Yale. The political will to avoid losing Chile is just as irresistible as the political will not to lose Poland. What emerges from the mounting evidence that Mehmet All Agca was a hired assassin controlled by Bulgarian agents is a sad. and fearful symmetry. A Bulgarian diplomat who defected in France has told French Intelligence that. he heard about the plan to kill the. Pope from a close friend who is a. high-ranking offi- cial in the counterintelligence division of Bul- garia's state security service. The plot was mo- tivated by the Soviet belief that the Polish-born Pope. acting as an instrument of Washington, had instigated the thwarted Polish revolt car- ried out by the 10 million members of the Soli- darity union movement. Agca himself has told Italian authorities about a corollary plan to assassinate Lech Wa- lesa while the union leader was visiting the Pope in Rome. Thus far, the Reagan Administration has been observing a wise silence about the appar- ent Soviet role in the shooting of the Pope. al- lowing dispassionate observers to draw their own conclusions. One of those conclusions may be ^that there is a symmetrical pattern linking 11 Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/02/23: CIA-RDP90-01208R000100050028-8