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August 10, 1979
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Approved For Release 2007/06/20: CIA-RDP99-00498R000100180092-4 ARTICLE APFE z' ON PAGE_)C ---r THE WASHINGTON POST 10 August 1979 Turner Appealed to Jud Protect Soiu'cesj In did to' By Timothy S. Robinson erdorfer with the way the CIA uses wa;hin?ton Post Staf- Writer the term, and pointed out that "it in- Central Intelligence Agency Direc- eludes more than simply those indi- tor Stansfield Turner made a rare viduals directly involved in collecting ; personal bid in a court case here re and reporting foreign intelligence op- cently to convince a federal judge erations " that the CIA should be able to define Turner said that, in addition to the the term "intelligence sources" so "classic figure of a secret agent re- broadly that it could keep all such porting from abroad," there are sources secret. "other less obvious, but equally im- U.S. District Court Judge Louis F. portant," persons who secretly help- Oberdorfer rejected the bid- earlier the CIA: this week, ruling that the term may - ? A "safehouse keeper who must not be applied to institutions and re- provide a safe haven and secure meet- searchers who worked both wittingly ing place." and unwittingly on CIA drug experi- ? "The courier whose functions is to- ments known as Project .MK-ULTRA. securely transport -material - even However, persons familiar with- the " though the. contents may_ be unknown intelligence community's- attempts to, .. to him. protect its methods and sources.of in- ? Access agents,...who introduce. a formation said yesterday the ruling, if " person who may then be recruited as applied in other cases, could make it an intelligence source. difficult to keep spy sources secret in ? "Cut-outs," or people who serve as the future. "facades, concealing the fact that the The CIA reportedly had felt the ultimate recipient of information is MK-ULTRA case was an unusually American intelligence' important one in which to test its abil- The plaintiffs in the lawsuit seeking ity to promise confidentiality to peo the names of institutions and re ple who provide information to the searchers who worked on the CIA agency. drug project said that under Turner's Turner said in an affidavit filed definition, the tiirginia Electric and ,vith-Oberdorfer in May that the term Power Co. could be classified i as an "intelligence sources" is a- "phrase of `*intelligence source" because it sup- art" that the court apparently did not plies electricity to the agency. Turner understand because, as used by the denied that, saying the term was not CIA, the term goes beyond the dic- "so vague or imprecise as to shroud tionary definition of "source." whatever the CIA may wish to con- Turner filed the affidavit after Ob- ceal." erdorfer had issued an earlier ruling Turner said the CIA has to prove" in the case questioning the invocation again to the world that it can keep se- va the term by the CIA American univer- pri- crets because "too many events over sate i nhat reeved Amean .fom the past. several years have planted the ies that received CIA funds: from -seeds of doubt around the- world the unner gave project some examples of "in- about the agency's, ability to maintain: Turner gave a confidence." - telligence sources" to familiarize Ob :, . .. = Although Oberdorfer rejected Turn- er's bid as espousing an`"overbroad- interpretation".of the-term, he indi-? cated he was sympathetic to Turner's: general outline of the.problem. He- gave the CL-k until Oct. 1 to see if the names should-be classified un- der another section of the Freedom of information Act, and possibly could be kept secret. under that provision 4 STAT STAT Approved For Release 2007/06/20: CIA-RDP99-00498R000100180092-4