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November 18, 1979
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Approved For Release 2007/06/20: CIA-RDP99-00498R000100180015-9 STAT AR_'ICr,F, APPEARED OJV PRIG[, / d WAS-iINGTON -The night John, Paisley disappeared from. his sail-: boat on the Chesapeake. Bay, says his estranged?wife, he was "a stone's throw" from the CIA hideaway he had been spying on. ?;.'... , It may have been a coincidence, but the mystery surrounding John Paisley's last known voyage on the sloop Brillig and the unanswered questions about his relationship with the Central. Intelligence Agency have left his wife Maryann embittered and frustrated. . For the first time since her hus- band vanished more than a year no, Mrs Paisley-is talking about: the case. And for the first time, people who knew John Paisley are saying he was a spy - not the "ordi- nary analyst" the CIA still claims be was. = His wife, colleagues-at the CIA, FBI officials and eyewitnesses paint a picture of Paisley directing .a secret operation to track down the theft of American .spy satellite secrets in the final days before he disappeared. : The CIA, for the most part, has been silent on the Paisley. case, and understandably so. If the final mis- sion given 55-year-old. John Paisley was to find out whatethe Russians were doing with U.S. satellite secrets, then the 'CIA would hardly. want to discuss it or the dangers. it posed to those involved.- Paisley was last' seen. Sept. 24, 1973, sailing alone' on the Chesa- peake Bay near a CIA "safehouse": he suspected was used by- a double agent to transmit information to a Soviet compound 60 miles up the bay.. To support her contention that her I husband was a spy.-Mrs. Paisley gave the Sunday News Journal a: number of" files she recently 'obtained under the Freedom of Information Act The files listing Paisley's activities during his 21 years with the CIA are not complete; 15 years are blacked-out- 18 November 1979 Further, Mrs. Paisley says shel believes the CIA is lying about her husband's retirement. She is angry that the true story of what-John Paisley really dial for his country ist not being told. -. 'the CIA contends that Paisley, -retired in 1974 and never did anyI spying. After he left, the agencyI says, Paisley did some"routine con- sulting work off and on until he dis- appeared-Mrs. Paisley said that her own experience as a CIA employee- and her relationship with John gave her "many people to go-to for informa-- tion." She says those sources told her Paisley. "retired 'from overt,! work in 1974 but was continued on' the covert (spy) payroll." . _~ . ; The Sunday News Journal was able to.confirm Paisley's covert role with two of his colleagues. Both . , men asked not to be identified. They said they were compelled to come forward because of damage done to Paisley's reputation by the CIA's .lies about what he did for the.:- agency.:: "It is true John Paisley was an 1 expert on strategic weapons and., the Soviets, but his expertise was used to.plug leaks, prevent security-- violations. John was a spook. He- spied on his colleagues," said one of his former assistants inthe Office of Strategic Research. Mrs. Paisley said a close friend of her husband's in the agency told her; that "John was-made' for covert.. work. He loved it:"-.. Interviews with Mrs. Paisley and. her husband's colleagues and.; searches of documents suggest that .1 Paisley's final CIA assignment was] not the benign contractual arrange-?'' meet the agency makes it out to be- Pieced together, those bits of information tell a story of espio- i nage and intrigue. it C 7r STAT in the security guarding the U.S. spy. satellite program.. The assignment-. was a direct result of the arrests. of - Christopher- John .Boyce, and:! Andrew Daulton Lee, who sold thou-, 'I sands of pages of satellite secrets to- I the Soviet KGB between 1975. and ,i .1977. When the' two men were arrested in early 1977, the CIA, National Security Agency and the. Air Force realized they had lost almost all ability to-find out-what was going on in Soviet strategic weapons research because the Rus- sians had" the ability to avoid the. prying satellite sensors. Boyce and. Lee were sent to jail,:' and Paisley was given full authority to investigate the damage done. to, j satellite secrecy. He was given por- J table equipment to detect intercep- tion of U.S. satellite transmissions_:`.i In the spring of 1978, he was assigned to Mitre Corp., a think tank trying to determine if the Russians had been able to crack the satellite secrets lost through Boyce and Lee. At Mitre, Paisley learned that the' .~ Soviets needed more information to. .'' make use of what they already had. According to his colleagues, Paisley.-. thought there had to be'another- .leak. Paisley- was issued- moreblec- and began-work- ing in May 1978 under a new cover-} at the W ashington? office of Coopers '~ Lybrand, a large accounting firm l that had longtime,CIA:contacts_ Paisley's friends found itlaughablef A hat he worked for an accounting: firm: "John couldn't balance a checkbook," one said.' - - : Paisley wasn't balancing check-i books. He was looking for ways sat- ellite secrets might have been} removed from the CIA and what- was was being done with. them. Working with the FBI, Paisley],. took an apartment at 1500 Massa-.E chusetts Ave., to monitor, the KGB agents who lived on the eighth floor.. *- - - in elabo Approved For Release 2007/06/20: CIA-RDP99-00498R000100180015-9 ..._,r.,T.nrn7,