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ARTICLE APPEA! pproved For Release 2006/01/12 : CIA-RDP91-00901R00050 ' ~TEI\ ShEEK 31 October 1983 NEWSMAKERS Saying the honor was "long overdue," President. Reagan presented former CIA Director Richard Helms, 70, the Nation- al Security Medal-the country's highest award in the field. The prize marks the administration's rehabilitation of the for- mer head spy, who left the government in disgrace six years ago after being fined by a federal court for misleading Congress about his agency's covert efforts to overthrow Chile's Marxist government. "I suppose it has something to do with the swing of the pendulum," said Helms, who is now a "po- litical-risk consultant" on Middle East in- vestments and has no remorse about his earlier career. "I have no feelings about vindication or exoneration," he added. "I pleaded nolo contendere; I was never ac- cused of lying." Greg Mathieson-Gamma-Liaison Helms with medal: A spy is honored Approved For Release 2006/01/12 : CIA-RDP91-00901 R000500150017-2 pE roved For Release) f61011(PMI: # -RDP91-00901Rl ARTICLE r ~ ~~" ON ?AGE /)- 26 October 1983 At the Parties, Concern and Questions After a day of confusing cables, calls from -.perplexed constituents and sudden press conferences, after a -lay of denials and disbelief and "no further statements," Washing. tonians lived up to their RSVPs last night and 'went out and kept talking about. what they had been talking 'about all day. Grenada, "I don '.t .like it," said Nicaragua's ambassador to the Organization of American States, Edgard . Parrales, while joining other envoys for am. bassadors' night at the WVashington International Horse Show. "I think it was the right. thing to do,"' former CIA: chief' Richard Helms said at a dinner given by Bangladesh's head of government.- This story was reported by staff writers Sarah Booth Conroy, Eliz- abeth Kastor and Phil McCombs. The Caribbean Basin countries took' the lead and we provided the nec- essary muscle to do what they wanted to do." Approved For Release 2006/01/12 : CIA-RDP91-00901 R000500150017-2 .' : RED NEW YORK ^'n?s ON AGE proved For Release 261Yl2e:CFAg~bP91-00901 000500150017-2 'elms, in Disgrace' as C.I.A. Chief Gets a Medal STAT By FRANCIS X. CLINES spedul to 7ue ?: _ Ym* 7icee WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 - Six years after he was pronounced "in disgrace Wand shame" by a Federal court, Rich- ard Helms, former Director of Central "Intelligence, was honored by President -Reagan today with the National Se- `tutiry Medal. The ceremony was shrouded `from .-public display, but a brief White House j-, announcement took note of the "exce~ wtionaily meritorious service" of Mr. Helms. The former Director pleaded no contest in 1977 to charges of failing to tell Congress the full truth about-the Central Intelligence. Agency's covert funneling of money to opponents of President Salvador Allende Gossens of Chile, who later .lost his life when his Marxist Government was overthrown. "I have to feel exonerated." Mr. --Helms said in an interview in which, however, he still contended that his court .troubles reflected this democra- cy's relentless "dilemma" over the temptation to operate covertly. "The intelligencecommunity has no political constituency, you know," he said. "It's either protected by the President or not." 'The White House occasion was taken `as a signal of rehabilitation from Mr. Reagan for both Mr. Helms and the in- telligence community since their darker time of post-Watergate scrutiny in the 1970's. But the event was not ex- actly a matter of Mr. Helms's coming in from the cold. Condemned and Defended For years he has been a subject of condemnation but spirited defense, too, from a cross section of Washington's ruling figures who still dispute whether ,;no room to deal fully with the national :principle of open debate. It's a grand tradition that has to be .-altered in specific cases," said Mr. =Felms, hardly sounding bruised as "the man who kept the secrets." He. said, "There's no way to try and get rvtmd it but to hide it_" Join. Helms told a Congressional com- ; rtiittee in 1973 that his agency had-not atunneled money to Chilean .insurgents. .,ater testimony indicated that, in fact, more than $8 million had been sent co- vertly. After plea bargaining in the face of a sensitive national debate, Mr. Helms entered pleas of no contest to two misdemeanor charges of failing to testify fully and was given a suspended sentence of two years and a fine of S2,0oo. The fine was proudly paid by retired intelligence agents who passed around a wastebasket in lieu of a hat. For Mr. Helms, the short walk today to the White House from his private business office on K Street, where he operates as a business and "political risk consultant" on Middle East invest_ r erns, ended with a big grin. "its a great pleasure," he said. "I suppose it has .something to do with the swing of the pendulum. " Of his previous career, the 70-year- old. intelligence specialist said gently: "It's a dilemma for everyone, and you live with it," adding that his cony ronta- tion with Congress was merely of the hazards of working for the agen- cy.' "'You rust be as much a gentleman as you can be," be said. In opting to follow the code of his craft rather than the Congressional oath, Mr. Helms later insisted that he wore a "badge of honor." In sentencing him, Federal District Judge Barring- ton Parker had declared: "From this day forward, let there be no doubt: No one. whatever his position in or out of government, is above the law." .Mr. Helms waved his medal happily today as he stood in the drizzle outside the White House. Approved For Release 2006/01/12 : CIA-RDP91-00901 R000500150017-2 Approved For Release 2006/01/12: CIA-RDP91-00901R00 ARTICLE APPEARED ON PAGE WASHINGTON POST 21 October 1983 STAT Former CIA director Richard Helms received the National Security Medal from President Reagan yes- terday in a private White House cer- emony attended by about. 100 friends and members of the Helms family. Reagan pointed out. that the medal, established by President Truman, is the country's highest award in the na- tional security field. Helms has also received the William J. Donovan Medal and the 0A's highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. Some of the guests at the Roosevelt Room presentation included Vice President Bush, Sens. Barry Goldwa- ter and Sam Nunn, Caspar Weinber- ger, S. Dillon and Mary Ripley, Ed- ward Bennett and Agnes Williams, Clayton and Polly. Fritchey, Edwin Meese, James Baker and Mike Deaver... Approved For Release 2006/01/12 : CIA-RDP91-00901 R000500150017-2