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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/07/28: CIA-RDP91-00587R000201160024-8 ARTICLE APPEARED "AGE _ Was he a Soviet plant, sent in to cause an intelligence uproar? "I think that's highly unlikely but not to be dismissed," said Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.), former vice chairman of the panel. Yurchenko. 50, had been thought to be one of the highest- ranking Soviet officials to defect in recent years. He was described as the No. 5 man in the Soviet in- telligence service at the time he de- fected in Rome in early August. "Mr. Yurchenko was specifical- ly responsible for the direction of KGB intelligence operations in the US and Canada," the State De- partment said on Oct. 11. State Department spokesman Charles Redman said last night that Yurchenko "defected of his own volition to the American Em- bassy in Rome, Italy." "At no time was Mr. Yur- chenko held or coerced by improp- er, illegal. or unethical means. It is Mr. Yurchenko's right to return to the Soviet Uniori once the United State government is. in fact. as- sured that this action is genuinely of his own choosing," Redman said. BOSTON GLOBE 5 November 1985 KGB agent returns to Soviet told' By Michael J. Sniffen Associated Press WASH INGTO* Vitaly Yurc>:ienko, a high-level Soviet KGB officer who was reported by the State De- partment to have defected to the United States. turned up at the Soviet Embassy yesterday and claimed that he had been drugged. kidnapped and of- fered $1 million to cooperate with the CIA. The State Department said ''urchenko's chaiges were "completely false." One senator called his stor% "baloney" and said CIA officials weren't sure Yur- chenko was acting voluntarily when he made his alle- gations during an extraordinary press conference ar. the embassy. The State Department said Yurchenko would not. be permitted to leave the United States until he pro- vides assurances that a decision to return ti the Soy i et Union is "genuinely of his own choosing.' Yurchenko repeatedly described his o,deal a ''state-sponsored terrorism" and told of beir. drugged before meeting with CIA director William Ca sey. Yurchenko denied that he knowingly gave US off. cials any Soviet secrets. He said he did not know wh abducted him, but he discussed in detail what he sal were CIA efforts to sign him to a lucrative lifetim contract in return for working with US intelligence. Yurchenko said. "At the mo- ent my only wish is to return as oon as possible to my country, y family, my kin and my ends" in the Soviet Union. Durenberger told reporters on 'apitol Hill that "the CIA is sur- obody can have a clear opinion ight now as to why he's doing hat he's doing." CIA spokeswoman Patti Volz aid the agency would have no "I was kept in isolation and forced to take som~ drugs and denied the opportunity to get in touch wit! official Soviet representatives." Yurchenko charged. A Soviet official who introduced Yurchenko saic the embassy's charge d'affaires was lodging a strong protest with the State Department. Yurchenko said that on Satur- day, due to "a momentary. lapse" in his supervision. he was able to "break out to freedom" and go to the embassy in the northwest sec- tion of Washington. But Sen. Da- vid Durenberger (R-Minn.). chair- man of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Yurchenko sim- ply went out to dinner Saturday night and disappeared. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). the. panel's vice chairman. told report- ers that Yurchenko either was try- ing to get back in the good graces of the Soviet Union "or he was a double agent all along." urchenko's claim about being drugged "a lot of baloney." "At no time have any of the things he alleged happened to him actually happened to him." Dur- enberger said. Earlier yesterday. Dave Holli- day, a spokesman for the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he had been told by the CIA that Yur- chenko had redefected to the Sovi- et Union, but that wasn't the sto- ry Yurchenko told: ? "On a business trip to Italy in August] I was forcibly abduct- ed In Rome," he said. He did not say by whom but later he talked about conversations he held with CIA officials. ? Of his alleged meeting with Casey. Yurchenko said. "Later I have only vague recollections of the conversation but it was a gen- eral conversation of vague policy issues regarding the summit, the things they usually write about in the newspapers." ? He would not confirm that he worked for the KGB. "I know I'm not going to make any comments about spying business." he said. ? He would not give details of his alleged escape, saying only. "1 am very proud that I managed to escape, but I won't tell you how." Early in the news conference. which lasted almost an hour. Yur- chenko went out of his way to tweak the CIA. describing a con- versation he said he held with a "Mr. Gerber." whom he identified as chief of the CIA's Soviet depart- ment. He said Gerber told him there were requests to interview Yur- chenko from American journal- ists. Then Yurchenko said at the press conference at the Soviet Em- bassy: "I follow my promise now." He said reporters could get confir- mation of that anecdote from Gerber himself except "I'm sure he's very busy now." While alleging he was a victim of torture. Yurchenko offered few specifics. Yurchenko said" he was asked to cooperate and in return was of- fered $1 million tax-free, plus sala- ry and benefits totaling $180,000 a year for the rest of his life. The benefits, he said, were to include free medical care and furniture. Yurchenko said he was held in a safe house out Route 17. 22 miles from Fredericksburg. Va. Yurchenko. describing what he referred to as "three horrible months for me." made an opening statement in halting English but then answered questions from the hastily assembled reporters in Russian and had his remarks translated through an interpreter. Yurchenko said that to his knowledge he had not cooperated with American authorities. "In the period when I was con- scious and in control of my behav- ior, I did not pass any secret infor- mation," he said. ". . . When I was drugged ... I don't know what I was doing or saying. ... I was threatened." Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/07/28: CIA-RDP91-00587R000201160024-8 Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/07/28: CIA-RDP91-00587R000201160024-8 He said his captors hoped to persuade him that he had given secret information to them. They showed him papers "which were written in my hand" and said "everyone thinks you are a traitor," he said. Extensive interrogation "They were trying to say every- body will believe what they were saying. ... They. I think, were hoping I eventually will start to believe that I had indeed passed some information of a secret na- ture." Yurchenko had been undergo- ing extensive interrogation by the CIA at an undisclosed location, US officials had said. Acting on his information, US authorities said they learned that Edward L. Howard, a former CIA employee, sold intelligence secrets to the Soviet Union. Howard, a 33- year-old economic analyst for the New Mexico Legislature, vanished in early October while under FBI surveillance and was last reported to be in Helsinki. Finland. US government sources said Yurchenko identified another American who had been working for the KGB, but no arrests have yet resulted from Yurchenko's in- formation. Yurchenko said that US offi- cials brought him newspapers with accounts of his telling US au- thorities about Howard. "They brought these to me and were looking at me like a zoo ani- mal. They were thinking I'd be shocked at the secrets I'd dis- closed." he said. But he said. "I heard the name of Howard for the first time from the newspapers." US sources had said that Yur- chenko did not know Howard's real name but had only been able to describe him to them by his code name Robert and by details of his life. Those details were enough to lead them to Howard, the sources said. a. Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/07/28: CIA-RDP91-00587R000201160024-8