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U STAT Approved For Release 2007/06/21: CIA-RDP99-00498R000100040087-5 1 March 19'76 Letters to the editor I never Fingered "C.I A- Diary.' . CIA.:employe, is the author of (NOTE,~ lllr. Agee, a former Cambridge, En an Philip Agee .Richard ,Y ele The comment accompanying your front-page photograph of me on Jan. 16 was in error. I never "fin- gered" Richard Welch to Counter- -spy, the-.Athens .'Yews or to any other publication or person. How- ever, I continue to help other jour- -nalists, and would have helped the Athens News in identifying the CIA people if asked...: Welch was identified imprint as a CIA officer as early as 1968, and several-times thereafter. The view thatI am behind the rash of identi- fications is inaccurate. Increasing ly, journalists and others opposed to the CIA's promotion of repression are determined that CIA people ac- cept. personal responsibility for their acts and those of the institu- tion to which they belong. Exposirig:CIA people will force untimely and continual personnel change-overs, wit: no danger of vio- lence if'exposed people return to Langley, Va. Thus, the policy' underlying the CIA's work _ which shows no possibility for change until fundamental internal charges occur . - can be blunted, to some degree at least, by weakening the instrument through which the policy is applied. COTnmeimqiy Hugh Sidey (WTOP TV and Radio): ?` The problems of--Vietnam, Watergate, CIA. FBI grew out of secrecy, out of the arrogance and ignorance of men who felt safe in their bureaucratic closets, behind the facades of national -security. The trouble we have today in all this did not begin by people giving away classified material, it began by people making their "We're living in a touch world. We're not living in one- where everybody's operating in an opened society like Approved For Release 2007/06/21: CIA-RDP99-00498R000100040087-5