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Approved For Release 2009/02/04 :CIA-RDP91 B00134R000400130022-2 ' ~ ~ z c ~L ;ri?L:vti.u ~tii~ rxcxircr~.,~v ~. , Ori F~1G~,1~ C,tov 1979 .When the Israefi government not,fied the U.S. State Depart- rlent last summer that it knew precise details of a conver- cation between Ambassador Andrew Young and.the PLO's Zehdi Terzi, held in the Beekman Street apartment of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United-l~Iatiorts, reputable jour- nalists reported that Israeli agents=had bugged the place. These reports -were - soon followed by others, ~ ~equaliy authoritative, that U.S. intelligence had intercepted the con- Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti, in responding to~the allegations. of Israeli .bugging, was remarkably phlegmatic, green light to do as they please. In the-v,ew o a considering our? recent experience with other "friendly" been given . - . forei~rt intelligence services?-- notably those of Chile, Iran, ; Washington's national security bureaucracy, the stakes are so and South Korea. "The wonderful newspapers of this coon- great in the U.S: Israeli "special relationship" -that?acquiesP try are filled with assertions and allegations,". he said "I've : , cence in Mossad's operations would sewn to lie justified .._ The early accounts of the incident, however, made a limited to intelligence gathering, propaganda, and an coca strong case that, Israeli agents had, indeed. bugged the place. I signal black-bag job on Arab embassies and otherdliplomati ii' ~-..,~ sL,:~ .u.,,,l r# F~c. ~ r,~or ViAtAtiAn Af it1P nRTR15t1S CrimB. ,,,:cc:nne Tn intP~t10Pf1CP 1PrtT1C`'t}11S has been a Small Dnce t~ such illegal' electronic surveillance. Asked whether that in~espionage operations directed against the Soviet ?Jnion - - - -?-- _ - ~ _, - portecs' .concern "It would depend on a lot of factors and able intelligence ally: Therein, of course, lies Israeli~i circumstances," he said. U.S. officials seem to have profound respect for Mossad, the legendary Israeli intelligence service. Recent events strongly suggest; however, that it is time for .the U.S. Government (and certain quarters of the press) to come - down out of this James Bond fantasy world and address some . of the more murky issues raised in the Andrew Young affair. Only. days before the Young-Terzi contact was exposed, a preliminary. draft of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee .study of intelligence operations in this country was leaked first to columnist Jack Anderson and later to -The Washin~- ton. Pasc Concentrating on operations of so-called allied in? teiligence..servicas -Chile's DINA, the Shah's SAVAK, Taiwan's National Security. Bureau; and agents of Ferdinand Marcos =- the Committee?found, as The Posr reported, that . "all had intelligence liaison agreements with the- CIA, and they operated .with a relatively free hand here." ' SAVAK, the Committee found, also, had a close relation- .:: .ship with the FBI. The principal activities: ofSAVAK and our other "foreign friends" was to harass exiled opponents of - their regimes and covertly influence American public opinion towards- the dictatorships they served. The most notorious and`odious of such activities was the assassination of former Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier and.a young American _ woman, Ronni Karpon Moffitt, in the streets of Washington . four years. ago, and .the: efforts of South Korean agents to manipulate members of Congress, the press, and U.S. uni- versifies. l~ STATE The Israeli government might have weighed the- outcome of the Letelier and "Koreagate" rases when it decid.d to re- veal details of the Young-Terzi meeting..The Chilean ~ovemment has successfully stonewalled U.S. prosecutors ed with planning the Letelier murder. The "Korea- har c g gate" rase firzled to a close during the summer when charges were dropped against Tongsun Park,, the key actor in the bribery scandal One U.S. Congressman and a South Korean businessman, a minor figure in the Korean operations, went ~ ; . . _ :-.: ..... ~.-:. to jail . The operations of Mossad were'not included in the Senate study. The bland response of U.S: officials to possibly illegal - .Israeli,: operations here suggests that Mossad agents hav telligeace's ace.in the hole. Should the United States obj t ,tolsraeli intelligence operations here, Israel could threaten o shut down the information pipeline from Russia . _ .s. - - " ". The Senate Committee .found this was the reason U... oflicaals looked the other way when "friendly" agents wee . bribing officiak and beating up exile d,ssidents here. T e Shah of Iran made .the quid.pro quo explicit. In Decerti ' 1976; U.S. Ambassador (and former CIA director) Ric helms cabled Henry Kissinger. "As you well know; we ' very beholden here in` the intelligence area and theref a ~, i ? correspondingly. vulnerable.'.' SAVAK ? went on its w y . harassing Iranian students here, and the CIA kept its niissi e- .monitoring sites in Iran. -? ~: -?. -?:.:; :-~.: -.: _ . ~ -::.:. ~ :? :.: ~: - . ? h "~": The Senate should move" to ? convene. full heartngs n American complidty in the operations of "friendly" fore, t .j intelligence services here, using the Foreign.Relations Co - i' mittee report as a starting point Allegations of illegal Isn li "operations. should be included' in such hearings. Such a - `. ;~ forum might also be appropriate for probing the dark corn rs ~ ~' -of the Letelier investigation and other past operations he e. ~a Arid .it nught contribute to the development of realistic - , telligence guidelines: for the future.: ~ .....: _...=,; :. ; . ? ~ ? _ -1F~s ~~ (.TeJf Stein