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March 21, 1977
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\A STAT Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/04/29: CIA-RDP90-01208R000100210014-5 ,;- 23 WASHINGTON POST 21 March 1977 ,pack Anderson andLes Whitten 1 P n ' the V-1 I of There has been a quiet but powerful effort to shut the lid on CIA scandals. Three days after Acim. Stansfield Turner was sworn in as the new CIA chief, he spoke to Attorney General Griffin B. Bell about plugging leaks. Turner would like to impose criminal sanctions against government officials who disclose CIA secrets. On Capitol Hill, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) told colleagues that he had no inclination to investigate past scan- dals. His committee had enough to do, he said, just keeping up with current Intelligence operations. The committee unanimously agreed at a secret meeting not to dwell on the CIA's past. "The committee feels it is not possible with the resources availa- ble to investigate all past wrongdo- ings," a spokesman told us. There is one curious exception to In- ouye's disinterest in old CIA skeletons. He directed his staff to proceed cau- tiously with an investigation of the John F. Kennedy assassination. This was a promise, Inouye explained, that he had made to the Senate. But competent sources claim Inouye has fallen under the influence of the CIA, which has quietly encouraged him to shut off inquiries into past scan- dals but to go ahead with a discreet in- vestigation of the Kennedy murder. The CIA's. strategy, according to these sources, is to stymie the House assassination probe. Too close scrutiny of the tragedy might embarrass the CIA, which withheld crucial facts from the Warren Commission. The CIA, therefore, would prefer to shift the in- vestigation to theSenate back burner. This is merely one manifestation of _ - _the CIA's grim, new determination to keep out of the headlines in the fu- ture. For the CIA is largely behind the drive to tighten security in Washing- ton. As a result of this backstage push. both houses of Congress are preparing to take a new look at the secrecy ques- tion. There is growing sentiment on Capitol Hill, led by Rep. Charles Ben- nett (D-Fla.), to give the federal govern- ment the power to jail news leakers. President Carter, meanwhile, is trying to limit the number of people who have access to secret documents. There are legitimate secrets, of course, which the government should protect. But invariably, the classifica- tion power is used to protect govern- ment officials, not to protect the coun- try. It is perilous to empower those who direct the people's business to de- cide which facts cannot be divulged, under pain of a prison sentence. We have broken our share of CIA se- crets. It might be useful to review a few of them as examples of the secrets that the CIA has sought to hide from ? Back in January, 1971, we revealed that the CIA had recruited Mafia mobsters to knock off Cuba's Fidel Castro. We named the mobsters and their CIA contacts. ? We reported in March. 1972, that the CIA.had plotted to block leftist leader Salvador Allende from taking power after he was elected president of Chile. ? We broke the story in November, 1972, that the CIA, together with the FBI and Secret Service, had been spying on prominent Americans. We quoted from a secret CIA report on singer Ertha Kitt as evidence that the CIA had a strange interest in her sex life. ? In April, 1973, we uncovered the fact that the CIA had attempted to ob- struct the FBI investigation of- the Watergate scandal. We divulged the following month that White House staff chief H. R. Haldeman had asked the CIA to hamper the investigation. ? We told in May, 1974. of the CIA payoffs to world leaders. We followed with a report that the CIA had also provided visiting leaders with wom- en. Among the recipients of CIA fa- vors, whom we identified, was Jor- dan's King Hussein. ? In February, 1975, we told of love traps which the CIA operated in New York City and San Francisco to black. mail foreign diplomats. Through hid- den one-way mirrors, CIA agents filmed the sexual adventures of the diplomats. ? Not long afterward, we broke the story that the CIA had paid the How- ard Hughes organization a fantastic $400 million to recover an obsolete So- viet submarine from the bottom of the Pacific. We have also written that the CIA has been penetrated by the Soviet KGB and that some CIA station chiefs have taken emoluments from foreign nationals These revelations, in our opinion, have never violated security. True, we have embarrassed the CIA. We have caught the CIA playing the same dirty games as the Soviet KGB. The purpose presumably was to enhance U.S. influ- ence around the globe, but the result has been precisely the opposite. It was a mistake, we believe, for the CIA to operate at the KGB level. Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/04/29: CIA-RDP90-01208R000100210014-5