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Approved For Release 2009/02/04: CIA-RDP91 B001 34R000400130047-5 STAT Approved For Release 2009/02/04: CIA-RDP91 B001 34R000400130047-5 Approved For Release 2009/02/04: CIA-RDP91 B00134R000400130047-52;g.r:.,. I. "There's no way we're going to find the $20,000 it would take to repair it, said Edith Potter, chairman of the board of selectmen. "So I'm quite serious. If someone was crazy enough to buy the London Bridge, why not this one? I don't see why we don't auction it off to the highest bidder and use the money to build a dike." The matter will come be- fore a town meeting later this month. LOCAL AUTHORITIES ON Martha's Vineyard. are mull- ing a new way to make money: selling the notori- . ous Dike Bridge on Chap- paquiddick Island. The bridge, scene of Sen- ator Edward Kennedy's 1969 auto accident, which took the life of Mary Jo Kopechne, was closed to auto traffic because of rot- ting support pilings last month, and officials in nearby Edgartown say they can't afford to make repairs. Media Notes From All Over Henry: Defecting. WILLIAM HENRY TRIED TO imagine how much fun it must be to work at the Daily News and found out it wasn't all he'd hoped. Henry, the Pulitzer Prize- winning television critic hired away from the Bos- ton Globe by the News's "Tonight" edition last year, is defecting later this month to write for the "Nation" section of Time magazine. "I don't want to air a great deal of dirty linen," Henry U Jin TELLIGENCER Wanna Buy a Bridge? The ~T~broa~t M~yst~ery Deep ns said last week, "but I left Boston, where I had as much freedom as I wanted, where the Pulitzer commit- tee judged me foremost among my peers, to come here, and they pulled a bait and switch on me. As soon as I started working here, I ceased to be a columnist and became a glorified fea- ture writer, and that wasn't my understanding.". . . In the tempest over Mike Wal- lace's efforts to derail a planned 60 Minutes report on Haiti, stories haven't in- dicated the full extent of Wallace's interests in . that country. It's been reported that Wallace's wife has cousins who live there and that she is a part owner of a small arts-and-crafts store in the country. But there's more: Mrs. Wallace also owns a house in Haiti, which she bought in 1951, before she married Mike. CBS news executives have decided to go ahead with the report. IN AN OUTPOURING OF JOUR- nalistic sleuthing about journalistic sleuthing, at least three books are in the works by authors who think they've got a lead on the identity of that elusive Watergate informant, Deep Throat. - But don't expect the mys- tery to be settled for all time: These latest theorists don't entirely agree with one another. Wilmington News-Jour- nal reporter Joe Trento is preparing a manuscript that contends the famous snitch was a composite of sources for Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the Wash- ington Post team that .helped crack Watergate. "Some people are claim- ing that John Paisley was Deep Throat," confided Trento, referring to the CIA agent whose body was found floating in Chesa- peake Bay in 1978 and who will be the focus of his book. "It's clear that Bernstein and Paisley were at the. same private parties during the Watergate period. But I'm inclined to believe there's no single Deep Throat." Trento's theory coincides to some extent with an account being prepared by two ex-CIA staffers, who will write that the Post's scoops "evolved out of - a wife-swapping ring of CIA officials and prominent Washington journalists," ac- cording to a report by Jeff Stein in next month's issue of The Progressive. They claimed to Stein that they can show the agency ma- nipulated the Post through Deep Throat in order to de- throne Richard Nixon and his private band of spooks, the plumbers. The third book is being prepared by Random House writer Jim lHougan, who says he is surprised at the CIA-sex theory. "My book will name as Deep Throat someone who most people have never heard of," he said. Woodward wouldn't com- ment, and Bernstein was on vacation. However, another Watergate theorist de- nounced the wife-swapping talk as "a basement ru- mor." One former Deep Throat suspect, David Ger- gen, an ex-Nixon speech. writer now with President Reagan, said, "When they get through naming all the candidates for Deep Throat, we'll have ? an annual re- union in Yankee Stadium." That New D'Amato Intern D'Amato, Sinatra in Daily News photo: Famous grandpa. SENATOR AL D'AMATO'S NEW Capitol Hill intern, as re- ported last week, is named Frank Sinatra and, no, he can't sing. But the 22-year- old student does have a famous relative. His grand- father is reputed Mafia boss Carlo Gambino. D'Amato's press secre- tary, Ed Martin, 'said, "We found this out after we'd hired him. When we asked him about it, he wanted to know if it would affect his internship and said he didn't want it held against Approved For Release 2009/02/04: CIA-RDP91 B00134R000400130047-5 Approved For Release 2009/02/04: CIA-RDP91 B001 34R000400130047-5 he chill wind blowing in Wash- ington did not begin with Ronald Reagan's inaugura- . tion. There was an early blast about two years ago, when right-wing scholars and journalists, affiliated for the most part with the Georgetown Center for Strategic and International Studies, began peddling the notion that the Government was infested with "moles"-American officials recruited long ago by Soviet intelligence. The talk of `.`moles" in the Govern- ment has simmered down since .Reagan entered the White House, but there is reason for concern about a pos- sible recrudescence of McCarthyism. Reagan transition, officials said they would take "a close look" at recom- mendations by the right-wing Heritage Foundation to investigate "subver- sives," and the Senate reestablished an Internal Security and Terrorism Sub committee. "Terrorism" is the key word, of course: It has replaced "communism" as the all-purpose menace which pro- vides the rationale for political repres- sion. A recent piece by syndicated col- umnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak illustrated the new shape being given to the old theme of red-baiting. A look at it also allows us to feel what it's like to be on the short end of a witchhunt. Stephen R. Weissman spent the first weekend of February worrying. He is a quiet, carefully articulate political scientist, thirty-nine years old, with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Jeffrey Stein is The Progressive's con- tributing editor in 'Washington. 12 / APRIL 1981' For two years he worked under Demo- cratic Representative Stephen Solarz on the House Foreign Affairs Commit- tee, specializing in U.S. policy toward Africa. During years, the' Commit- tee had backed the Carter Ad- ministration's sanctions against Rhodesia until a peaceful transition to majority rule was, accomplished, had developed legislation prohibiting the CIA from engaging in another secret war in Angola, and had generally looked for ways to carry out a humane and progressive foreign policy divorced from past entanglements with the white supremacists in South Africa. Late in January, Stephen Weissman received a call from columnist Evans, who inquired about two matters: First. an article by Weissman, "The CIA and U.S. Policy in Zaire and Angola," that had been reprinted in a book called Dirty Work (ll), issued by an anti-CIA group in Washington affiliated with former CIA agent and critic Phillip Agee; second, some remarks critical of Zaire that Weissman had made at an academic conference in Philadelphia. Evans seemed polite, and Weiss- man explained. First, he said, his arti- cle had originally been written ex- pressly for, and printed in, a book of scholarly articles on Southern Africa. It had later keen. reprinted in the august Political Science Quarterly. 1-le had given the editors of Dirty Work (11) permission to reprint the piece, as had other authors from the Defense De- partment and The New York Tunes. Weissman also explained that he had complained to the editors of Dirty Work (II) when lie found out too late that their book would include an ap- pendix listing the names of hundreds of CIA agents. As to his remarks at the Philadel- phia conference, Weissman told MikeKonopaeki' Evans, he had clearly-spoken for him- Approved For Release 2009/02/04: CIA-RDP91 B001 34R000400130047-5 Approved For Release 2009/02/04: CIA-RDP91 B001 34R000400130047-5 self on the panel, and his characteriza- tion of Zaire as "a basket case" came in the context of a lengthy and scholarly exchange on that country's financial situation. (In any event, as Evans would surely know, Weissman's assess- ment of Zaire would be shared by the International Monetary Fund.) During their telephone conversa- tion, Weissman began to suspect that Evans didn't really care, about his ex- planations..When Weissman said a tape recording was available of. the Philadelphia meeting, Evans darkly let it be.known that he had been briefed by pril briefing Pillow talk. Is it possible that The Washington Post's early and consis- tent scoops on Watergate evolved from a wife-swapping ring of CIA' ? officials and prominent Washington journalists? Such is the contention of two former CIA officials, one of whom.told me, in exchange for anonymity, that the sex club provided fertile ground for CIA leaks on the story. A'hook now in preparation, the source says, will show that the CIA deliberately fed the journalists information damaging to Richard, M.. Nixon through the ever-mysterious Deep Throat. .Stay tuned.. .Radio stations across the country were treated to a toll- free number they could dial to get recorded updates of inaugural events, courtesy of the Reagan committee coordinating the festivities. In soliciting their use of the service, the committee invited the stations to write if they found it useful. In exchange, the. committee cheerily noted, it complimen- tary letter would be put in the station's license renewal file at the Federal ,Communications Commission. just like old times. . .The chief executive of Westchester County. New York, apparently grappling with nuclear accident plans, recently discov- ered an electronic bug in his office, perpetrators unknown. The Washington Post reports, meanwhile, that an employe of the Department of Energy was transferred to a lesser job when she balked at a suggestion by DOE.special assistant Armand (Rock) Reyser that she monitor incognito it meeting of en- vironmentalists. Blind justice. Civil liberties defenders are alarmed at the growing prospect that former Maryland Representative and current Prince George's County chief executive Larry Hogan will he named head of the Justice Department's civil rights division. I-logan's police force, said to be infiltrated by members of the Ku Klux Klan, is popularly considered to be the area's most brutal and racist. Chile dogs. . ..Behind the successful push for the new Senate Subcom- mittee on Internal Security and Terrorism has been the Washington-hased "Committee to Restore Internal Security," it group of mostly cx-military and intelligence officers. Its executive director. L. Francis Bouchey, regis- tered as a lobbyist for the Chilean military junta in 1976, but according to it Justice Department suit two years later, was part of a secret effort by General Augusto Pinochet to funnel pro-Chile prop;lganda through an unre- gistered front group. FBI sources told rile. meanwhile, that the Bureau will work with the new subcommittee to develop "anti-terrorist legislation.". Money bags. . .Wyoming Senator Malcolm Wallop is seeking to change the 1977 Ethics Law,,adopted in part to.limit campaign donations to Con- gressional office slush funds. Wallop, insiders say. wants to amend the law so that colons can take as much as they can get. as long as they declare it. Meanwhile, millions of dollars in "campaign contributions' hiive flowed into Capitol Hill Republican coffers since the election, according to Com- mon Cause, which will soon issue it book on corporate donations. '\lt's like - betting on a horse after the race," says one expert there. . which printed the Evans and Novak .. Representative Solarz, ca ;led the column to print a correction; he isn't.' Evans and Novak column "a parody of optimistic, but he's trying. As he said, McCarthyism." Was it a parody? it a reputation is all you've got. -looked like the real thing. his own source. When Weissman sug- gested Evans check with an editor to verify his story about his article on Zaire and Angola, Evans took the name, but never called. Over. the. weekend, Weissman and his wife, Nancy, fretted. Already nervous about the reconstituted Committee's makeup in the new Congress, Weissman won- dered about going back .to teaching. Jobs were tight, and as he later ex- plained, "a reputation is the only thing you have." On February 2, The Washington Post and some 350 other newspapers across the country printed the Evans and Novak column, "Still Going After the CIA." It tarred Weissman with the Dirty Work (II) connection, called him a "symbol" of the anti-CIA "past," and charged he had "used his subcommit- tee position" at the academic con- ference to "attack Zaire." To Zaire, Evans grumbled, Weissman appeared to be "a U.S. Government official" try- ing "to destabilize their country." With a vote scheduled to decide the subcommittee leadership the following day, Evans was apparently trying to de- rail the candidacy for chairmanship of Howard Wolpe, a pro-human rights Michigan Democrat, who was backed by Representative Solarz. By tainting Wolpe through Weissman's employ- ment on Solarz's staff, Evans obviously hoped to make them all into security- risk "untouchables." Fortunately, it didn't work, and Wolpe was elected. The Committee's work will go on, and Evans and Novak will go about their business of promot- ing political paranoia. , Only Stephen Weissman will re- main touched by the incident. He has been trying to get all 350 newspapers 1 ' Approved For Release 2009/02/04: CIA-RDP91 B001 34R000400130047-5