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December 22, 2016
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April 1, 1978
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v Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/02/22 : CIA-RDP90-012 ARTICLE APP.EAFYD_ NATION ON PAGE 1 APRIL 1978 IT % Zqual Just ce and C e _ .. J On the very. last day it was legally possible to do so the Department of Justice has brought charges of lying and obstructing justice against two officials of the Inter- national Telephone and Telegraph Corporation. One day more and the statute of limitations would have barred the prosecutions. We aie told that one reason why it took so long to bring these subordinate ITT men to book was that innumerable pages of classified CIA records had to be ploughed through in order to make the cases against them. The CIA connection is, 'of course, the vital one. It is known and thoroughly established that ITT, a giant American. corporation with large interests in Chile, operated in the closest cahoots with the Central Intel- ligence Agency to prevent Salvador Allende from ever taking the office he had won in a free election. The two ITT men, whose names are hardly worth record- ing (Gerrity and Berrellez), are now at last charged with repeatedly lying to. a Senate committee when they denied that they had done anything to try to stop Allende from assuming the. Presidency in 1970. The striking thing about this legal action is the omis- sion of two names-one of an individual and the other of an organization. The missing person in this ' case is Harold Geneen,- chairman of the board of -ITT, and-the- missing organization (not that it could be indicted under the law) is the CIA. In the latter case, everyone must remember that the then head of the CIA, Richard Helms, who knew all about the dirty work in Chile, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for his lying to Congress on the same matter and got off with a small fine. About Geneen, whose veracity in this affair must be extraordinarily suspect, the Justice Department is quite defensive. Announcing the charges against the two sub- ordinates, Acting Deputy Atty. Gen. Benjamin Civi- letti bridled at a reporter's question about why the generals in ITT were not being prosecuted along with the corporate privates. "The law," declared Civiletti, "doesn't depend on whether someone is senior or junior- It depends on the facts." Facts provable in court is what he must ?have meant, and we are asked to take it on faith that the government tried hard, and failed, to make a case against the maximum leader of ITT. Perhaps Geneen had the protection, enjoyed also by Helms, of being able to expose the secrets of "national security" if he was forced into the dock. This black- mail power, in effect, is the best sort of protection CONTL_i UED STAT r Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/02/22 : CIA-RDP90-01208R000100230056-7