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January 22, 1976
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Sl Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2012/02/24: CIA-RDP91-00561 R000100090066-0 THE BALTI'- O E SUN 22 January 1976 False leaks laid to spy panel 8y MURtEL DOBBIN Washington Bureau of The Sun Washington - The White House yesterday accused the ; House Select Committee on In- telligence of "inaccurate and distorted" news leaks and ex- pressed concern about the im- pending release of a report said to be critical of the role played in espionage operations by Hen- ry A. Kissinger, the Secretary of State. .. Ronald H. Nessen, the press secretary, made clear the White House feeling that the in- telligence panel headed by Rep- resentative Otis G. Pike (D., N.Y.), had not lived up to its its agreement to clear classified material with President Ford before making such informa- tion public. 'The President views with the most serious concern the leak of this alleged report," Mr. Nessen said when asked about news stories disclosing that the forthcoming final report of the House committee portrayed Mr. Kissinger as personally in sistiug that the Central Intelli- gence Agency set up covert op- erations in Angola, Chile, Italy and Iraq. The press secretary refused to comment on the allegations involving Mr. Kissinger, but he did flatly deny a report that the United States government knew and had concealed the identity of those who killed Nathaniel Davis, the former U.S. ambas- sador to Cyprus: - The White House is known to regard as the most serious as- pect of its latest clash with the House intelligence committee the failure of the arrangement worked out whereby the con- gressional group checked with the President before releasing secret information given to them. Under the terms of that agreement, if presidential ap- proval -was not given, then a court order had to be obtained for the documents to be made public. From the White House standpoint, the problems of leaks from the Pike committee underline the difficulty of set- ting up a mechanism whereby secrets can be shared with Con- gress and yet protected from disclosure. Private meetings have been held between Mr. Ford and the congressional leadership, which is said to be aware of the sensi- tivity of the difficulty facing them. There was a split within the House committee on whether the final report was subject to the terms of the agreement with the White House, but it was expected that the findings would be made public. Meantime, the generally more discreet Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Ac- tivities became embroiled in disagreement between its chairman, Senator Frank Church (D., Idaho), and its vice chairman, Senator John G. Tower (R., Texas), over Mr. Church's proposal to set up a new mate oversight commit- tee requiring prior notification of covert operations. The com- mittee would also be authorized to disclose such matters. Mr. Tower. contended it would be premature to set up such a body, Report says Nixon gave Iraq covert-aid Washington (r%P) --- The House intelligence committee's draft report alleges that Presi- dent Nixon took steps to keep covert aid for Kurdish rebels in Iraq secret from the State De- partment, even having his treasury secretary, John B. Connally, rather than diplo- mats, deliver word the aid had been approved, a committee source said yesterday. The report says the U.S. aid for Kurdish rebels was supplied at the request of Shah Moham- mad Reza Pahlavi of Iran and that Mr. Nixon had Mr. Connal- ly deliver the word to the shah that the aid had been approved. Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2012/02/24: CIA-RDP91-00561 R000100090066-0