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? Declassified and Approved For Release 2012/11/21 : CIA-RDP99-00418R000100100024-5 1 tivioxr, /WU -IVb . , Washington?William E. Colby, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said in an interview he would flatly op- pose even a broad disclosure of the intelligence budget on the grounds that it would yield in- formation about sensitive oper- ations. "I could learn a lot about the? KGB !the Soviet secret police! budget by studying year-to-year changes in its annual overall to- tal," Mr. Colby said recently in his office at CIA headquarters at Langley, Va. The CIA director is sched- uled to testify today before the House intelligence committee as it continues its probe of the fiscal operations of espionage agencies. He emphasized that he would not soften his obtections to any changes in the current top-secret status of the CIA budget. Mr. Colby rejected the suggestion by members of Con- gress that at least the gross to- tal be revealed, if not a line-by- line of expendi- tures. ? According to Mr. Colby, a careful analysis of an overall !figure would be dangerously re- vealing to those who knew pre- cisely what they were looking for. "A little bounce in the total from year to year can tell a lot. To disclose that figure would be explaining a great deal about the intelligence structure," the CIA director said. He noted that there lied h4tel comparisons between the CIA budget and that of the now-de- fund, Atomic Energy Commis- sion. r)(...lning to the grow:! i of AEC disclosure over the years, he commented, "In B47, the AEC had a one-line item. Last year it had 15 pages." The CIA director added that he doubted that there would be as mueh attention paid to de- tails revealed by the AKC as to information about the gence agency. CIA director opposes any budget exposure By itIVR. 1EL DOBBTN Washington Bureau of The Sun "At this time, the AEC could "The general doesn't tell. the print the formula for the atom- major whether to walk on the ic bomb without arousing the right or the left side of the road. same interest as there would be Some decisions are delegated. in anything at all about the It may be a detail at the bine. CIA," he said wryly. . It may not be a detail in hind- Mr. Colby, the first director sight." he said obliquely. who had to take to what might Regarding the possibility of criminal prosecutions arising from any -mistakes" made by the CIA, Mr. Colby said he had "come across things that gave me problems." He had checked with Edward H. Levi, the Attor- ney. General, and certain mat- ters had been turned over to the Justice Department. He indicated' that among time for a re-examination of those matters was the testimo- American intelligence needs. ny on CIA involvement in Chile The CIA, Mr. Colby said. had given. by Richard M. Helms. responded to the policy require- former CIA director, to the merits of different administra- Louse Armed Services Corn- tions for the last three decades, . ttee. There have been con- e termed the congressional speech circuit as the defender of his agency, said that it was "a strange way to run an intel- ligence operation." His departure from the tra- ditional secrecy of the espio- nage community, he conceded, was legitimate in that it was operating a,s he put it, "under pressure and without very much control or supervision on some occasions." Yet the director refused to agree with a recent prediction by Senator Frank Church (D., tieuing reports that Mr. Helms was less than candid in that sworn testimony. Jr. Colby added, however, that he "did not think there was anything for which anyone eteeld be convicted of a crime." Idaho), chairman of the Senate Trying to identify who did intelligence committee, tl.t:et what, and precisely where re- the forthcoming report on pont- spggsibility not easy ice! assassinations was likely to for the CIA in its self-examine- thow the agency had acted like tion ,any more than for Con- .4. "runaway rogue elephant.. eres in its investigation, the "We took our policy divee ieirector said. feepa the political leadership .of ' "What we have now," Mr. the country," Mr. Coloy said. Colby said, "is the new America Ha thus reiterated the problem coking at the old intelligence of chain of, which structure and corJemolating congressional- changes which need to be made liav; found so difficult to e.ttab, in The hardest chore I have lish, especially in relation oo is to bring out clearly the any involvement of presidents changes that have occurred in ; in political-assassination plots. the intelligence service as well The CIA director refused ?gs to America., discuss the subject of ieyolve- He admitted there were latent in iIvhet Senator Cniirch male pre.-,o7rns at home, and hs toriiied "rolirdel i.?!oLi. the it -ioece ? ycod pointing to a_ directivek-iceas a result ot what ie lemming the agency irom euelt termed the ..sonionatized? activity. ispacts of the congressional Yet in reference to the cur- prohe. rP:It post-nyvierns on congressional c.f the conduct of co,,-:..rt Mr. Colll od the alf..y.-1 of a geaeral iives a major a:I order to ts.lie a . certain road. ; "If we had not had very strong minded people, this stru- ture would have been shat- tered" Mr Colby said. He made no attempt to deny "mistakes and misdeeds," such, as mail interception and drug experimentatiion programs now being publicized. The mail opening. Mr. Colby said, was an example of a mis- guided belief. by intelligence personnel that the practice lay within the general policy being followed. But he singled out the drug :experimentation, specifically the 1953 administering of LSD to Dr. Frank Pe Olson, thetFred- ., crick biechemist who later !killed himself, as "a tragedy." "The Olson case was wrong," said the CIA director. Declassified and Approved For Release 2012/11/21 : CIA-RDP99-00418R000100100024-5