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November 28, 1982
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STAT A?PZARED '~I GAY F':: w MAG,. 16 BOSTON GLOBE 28 NOVEMBER 1982 - -- with the Vietnamese and Chinese, were I guages,. some ]Utters The dictates of diplomacy . of American -Diplomacy," August eff Stein was kind enough to send me a copy of the cover story he wrote about me ("Mystery Man 29). In his accompanying note, he of- stantial impairment to the investigation. fered to interview me or to allow me With respect to the overall Water- space to comment upon his article.- As gate matter, I can .only. say that every he pointed out in the article itself, I nor- Y step I took at that time. was scrutinized mally refrain from interviews and -sel- in numerous and: -'endless public hear- dom comment on stories. I do so not 'l ings. Nevertheless, I remained in office because I am particularly opposed to until 1976, four years after the break-in publicity about me. Indeed, during the occurred. -In 1974, Director of the -CIA five years from. 1976 to 1981, as a pri- vate citizen, I wrote a book, Silent Mis- sions, not Secret as Mr. Stein's research suggests. Not a single US secret is con- tained in the book. It was published in six languages. I traveled widely and appeared on national and international television and radio programs -hardly the activities of a shy or reclusive man. I shun publicity because the nature of my duties as Ambassador-at-Large re- quires me to move discreetly and incon- spicuously in quiet pursuit of our coun- try's foreign policy. Publicity under- mines my ability.to do this. Nevertheless, I feel compelled to re- spond to some of the allegations con- tained in the Stein story because they call into question my personal integrity during my tenure as Deputy and Acting Director of the CIA. I_.feel strongly that the American people must have confi- dence in the integrity of their public servants and that to allow Mr. Stein's allegations to go unchallenged is to shake that confidence. The first allegation relates to an old matter: Watergate. Mr. Stein, like oth- ers, continues to play the "who-knew. what-when" game that has always left l even the most informed observers] befuddled. I do not intend to rehash the I matter- here. I would simply like to stress that when it became clear to me that no CIA assets were endangered by an FBI investigation, I refused, as Dep; uty Director, on behalf of the CIA, to have any involvement whatsoever in the matter. When John. Dean first asked me to stop the FBI iWWW" k %P Rhte Mexico money, I thought perhaps that clandestine meetings with Castro, simi- u1 progress. When I learned otherwise I convey to -th r I speak- eight' lan- .elt it important that I refused to restrain the FBI probe in anv way. Indeed, I threatened to resign if ordered to do otherwise. John Dean has acknowledged this refusal in his own testimony .before Congress. The delay caused to the FBI, while I checked our sources in Mexico, resulted in no sub- James R. Schlesinger, a man respected for his integrity, intelligence, and so- phistication, awarded me the Distin- guished Intelligence Medal for showing o araguay. I "the highest qualities of moral integrity had never even, heard of Ambassador and rigid adherence to his constitutional Landau's cables unto August 1976, responsibilities despite a number of se- when the CIA -brought them to my vere pressures to lead him to-a contrary-ry attention. I answered that I knew noth- position." Mr. Schlesinger is not known (?ing about passp?` rts for any Chileans. as a man who passes out encomia freely. Furthermore, I dxplained that I had no When I retired, moreover, President ! reason to becom i l d i h vo ve w t official Gerald Ford, another man respected US business withl Chile or Paraguay be- for his straightforwardness, awarded cause I was, th en, a private citizen. No me the National Security Medal, only mention, moreov r, was ever made of twenty of which'had ever before been Orlando Letelier." given. Mr. Stein's impressive research apparently failed to: discover these two awards, although both are mentioned in Silent Missions, from which he.quotes extensively. With respect to Mr. Stein's allega- tions about the senseless murder of Or- lando Letelier, I repeat here what I told the FBI and the Justice Department in 1976: I knew nothing whatsoever of the matter. As Deputy Director of the CIA, I met with most heads of foreign intelli- gence services when they visited Wash guages the co States, and intelligence co :men in their own lan- mitment of the United cularly of the American mfmcnity, to continue the struggle against our enemies even in times of great domestic turmoil for us. Never in. an of the meetings with Colonel Contreras, the head of Chilean Intelligence,-.didi the subject of Orlando Letelier or Chilen passports ever arise. Anyone who thinks otherwise is mis- taken. The', Iasi l time I saw. Contreras was .over a.::.y before Letelier was , murdered. My tzip to Paraguay, just be-: fore .I retired in July, had nothing to do with Chile or passports or I,etelier. I am still, however, n ,t at liberty to discuss the nature of m trip. After I retir from the CIA, I had nothing to do with Chile r P