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Approved For Release 2007/10/19: CIA-RDP99-00498R000100110035-3 it the CIA. An employee and an accomplice admiral his Naval Academy classmate ,'? were convicted of spying in Los Angeles in -budget and task-setting authority over April. In June, a former CIA staff member the whole intelligence establishment. This here was sentenced to life imprisonment was comidered a victory for Admiral for attempting to sell the names of Tamar over } asold Mown, t .',e iecrerary hundreds of covert personnel to.Soviet of Defense, his rival for domination of the agents. :. national spy machinery. But the admiral Admiral Turner said both those cases' described it yesterday as a "middle- had done "very considerable" damage to ground solution" of intelligence reorgani- the intelligence program. As an example za.tion- of a damaging news leak, he referred to He predicted that in coming years ef- reports that Jordan's King Hussein had re- fort will be directed toward more econom-: ceived payments from the CIA for many. -.1c information and proportionately less years for his help in the Middle East. about Communist nations. - A number of people already working Asked whether the CIA had eaves- for the agency abroad have said, "I can't dropped on President Park, the admiral work for you if my name is going to be in declared that he spoke for the entire intel- the press tomorrow," the director assert- ligence community in saying no. He avoid- ed. This news leak has "done some perma- - ed elaboration. - - neat damage"? and is likely to cause more,. ' - During the congressional investigation he said. - ? ? of the Tongsun Park story, there have Admiral Turner told reporters that he been reports that such eavesdropping had was trying to tighten control of secrets by linked President Park with Tongsun Park, pushing more material into the unclassi- who left this country as the probe was be- fied category, making it available to the ; ginning. _ public, and thus theoretically creating a Admiral Turner said he is notifying all more respectful attitude toward properly universities involved of their unwitting a&. classified matter. He also said he was con- sociation with the secret MK-ULTRA pro- sidering administrative, civil and criminal': gram, which included testing drugs on hu- sanctions against those who illegally dis- man subjects. But he said that the great close secrets. majority'of the 149 projects on. that list Last week iPresfdent Carter gave the were ones in which children could safely C IA to trim 800 workers in c a s s tine operations: Sy ERNEST B. FURGURSON Washington Bureau of The Sun Washington-Adm. Stansfield Turner, newly granted greater authority than any intelligence director in American history, disclosed yesterday a wholesale cutback in the Central Intelligence Agency's clan- destine operations division. The director also said he has ordered a high-priority crackdown on news leaks and security lapses in the nation's spy apparatus. In addition, the admiral said flatly that the U.S. intelligence community has not bugged South Korea's "Blue House" or taped conversations by its president, Park Chung-hee. Such allegations have been made in connection with the bribery scan- dal surrounding the Korean businessman, Tongsun Park. Admiral Turner made known that the CIA would undertake a "major slimming effort" by letting go more than 800 em- ployees. in the super-secret directorate of operations, which lie described as "the heart of the agency." They will be laid off mostly by normal attrition, he said, rather than by firing. The admiral explained that the opera- tions division had grown tremendously during the Vietnam war and that its field staff already had been reduced. Now the directorate headquarters staff will follow. This reduction is believed to involve about 15 per cent of the entire operations divi- sion's payroll. Admiral Turner did not connect the re- duction with any of the recent controver- sies in which the agency has.been em; broiled. ` At breakfast with reporters, the admi;' ral said that not only espionage but inten- tional and accidental leaks of information already have done "permanent damage" to the national intelligence effort. He disclosed that he had started a se- ries of surprise investigations of security practices at private firms 'working under contract with the CIA-and found faulty procedures for handling secret material. In the future, he warned, those intelli- gence contractors had better realize that their contracts 'depend on. their obser- vance of security rules. The agency does business with defense' industries as well as with private "think tanks" and universities, among others.: The admiral did not specify individual: firms that had been investigated. . One recent espionage case involved sale of secret data to the Russians by em- ployees of TRW Systems, Inc., a major. supplier of reconnaissance --ton;aw f^. Approved For Release BALTIMORE SUN 10 August 1977 be involved- 2007/10/19: CIA-RDP99-00498R000100110035-3 STAT