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February 10, 1977
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Approved For Release 2007/03/01 : CIA-RDP STAT 10 February 1977 SUMMARY (Office of the Assistant to the .Director of Central Intelligence) Concepts public understanding of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Intelligence Community, and.the intelligence profession, and Intelligence seeks to achieve the broadest and deepest The Office of the Assistant to the Director of Central identifies appropriate themes and audiences. . This Office is not involved in presentations or briefings. challenge is to give expression to the obligation of public accountability that the Central Intelligence Agency has and- operational or mission-oriented. activities. Rather, its for other components.of the Executive Branch or for unfavorable and damaging media coverage resulting from the that has been dramatized, often unfairly, by the highly ....particularly those relating to sources and methods which the this Office takes care to protect valid intelligence secrets, In responding to the public's interest in the Agency, Church and Pike Committees' investigations. .often-maligned "no comment" posture on some press queries and protect. This statutory requirement. results in the. Director of Central.Intelligence, by law, is requirea to process of establishing the credibility of our press relations.- constitutes a special element of difficulty-in the fundamental` .Similarly, any discussion of domestic politics or'foreign `violate secrecy requirements or touch on foreign or domestic -to -find ways to make more available information which does not- . policy is. scrupulously avoided.. There is, however, an attempt governmental policy. news media, and provide unclassified background briefings on + We answer questions posed by representatives of the selected topics for newsmen by Agency analysts. Aooroved For Release 2007/03/01 C;IA'-RnPg9-n.04:P8 - RnQ0300090038=4 Approved, For ReFease 2007/03/01: CIA-RDP99-00498R000300090036-4 + A Publications Review Board, chaired by the Assistant to the Director, reviews manuscripts written by Agency employees (and former employees) for non-official publication outside the Agency. + Support is provided to the Director of Central Intelligence and the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, and other selective speakers of the Agency, for public addresses to promote an understanding of the intelligence organization and process. A file of "talking points is maintained dealing with current problems and likely questions .from the public. of the Executive Branch and Congress as appropriate. public affairs aspects-with representatives of other agencies + We support the Director of Central Intelligence in his role as spokesman for the Intelligence Community, coordinating + We promote the publication of articles about the Agency through responsive cooperation with responsible authors and publishers when such cooperation would promote the public's understanding of the Agency and its processes. information about the Agency when this can be done without Jeopardizing or revealing classified information or sources and methods. + Letters are written to newspapers, journals, and other publications to set the record straight or correct false Notes are released periodically to the news media concerning matters of Agency policy, e.g. February 1976 state-. ment on the clergy and journalists.- We respond to-persons writing to the Agency for information on the intelligence organization and process, and. appropriate pamphlets to assist students and. the public in - understanding the Agency and intelligence are maintained-and periodically updated. Advice is provided to operating components on publac- affairs aspects of contact by Agency personnel with the public that occurs during-the normal-course of operation. 1 + Unclassified reports prepared by analysts are forwarded .climatology, terrorism and.Soviet defense expenditures. to the Library of Congress and made available for duplication and sale to the public at cost, on topics that include Approved.For Release 2007/03/01: CIA-RDP99-00498R000300090036-4. Agency reports is mailed to journalists and media - are held only at Headquarters. 4. A list of unclassified that there may be no attribution of any quotes, direct or indirect, to the Agency or Agency personnel. 3. Briefings -In the course of contacts with the news media, certain operational guidelines have evolved, such as:. L. We do not normally provide background briefings for foreign newsmen. 2. Ground rules for the briefings are representatives monthly, and requests. for these are filled at ,no cost to media . requesters. given to the choice of audiences to provide the best possible. In meeting speaking engagements, considerable care is forums for the Director of Central Intelligence and the others, and consideration must be given to satisfying the television .interview programs provide a better format than Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. Similarly, some complete record of public utterances by these two officers. filed by..the Assistant to the Director's Office to provide a Deputy Director of Central Intelligence-are recorded and speeches by the Director of Central Intelligence and the - requests of the networks in an even-handed way. Public Speakers for universities and colleges are drawn by .Training officer. We require a written invitation in all cases. visitation groups, etc., are addressed by an Office of Smaller groups such as fraternal organizations,,high school the Assistant. to the Director from a list of Agency officials.. Approved `For Release 2007/03/01: CIA-RDP99-00498R000300090036-4 ,CIA-Connected Issues in the News June 1976 7 /present 1. COMPETITIVE ANALYSIS/NIE: Leaks to the press about the ntents of a National Intelligence Estimate on Soviet strategic objectives claimed that outside experts convinced CIA that Soviets were aiming for superiority and not parity. MICRONESIA: CIA is accused of "regularly" conducting electronic surveillance of Micronesian negotiators in talks with U.S. over future status. Senate Select Committee held hearings last month. 3. LIAISON SERVICE: Allegations of CIA complicity in illegal activities in the U.S. by foreign intelligence services, e.g., Korean intelligence corruption of Member of Congress, DINA (Chile) responsibility for the assassination of former Chilean Ambassador Letelier, SAVAK (Iran) strongarming of Iranian students at American universities. Press charges are basically to the effect that CIA obtains reciprocal tolerance for its own actions in the respective foreign countries. - 4. SWINE FEVER: Agency falsely accused of introducing swine fever into Cuba in 1971 with major impact on Cuba's ,agriculture. 5. PHILIP AGEE: Former CIA employee is the author of a book disclosing CIA names and Latin American operations, He is a perennial problem due to publicity given his criticism.of CIA activities. 6. EDWIN G. MOORE is. former Agency employee who is accused of trying to sell. classified documents to the Soviets for ?$200,000. . 7. VIKTOR BELENKO, pilot of Russian MIG-25, is quoted extensively by New or Times in story leaked by "U,S.intelli ence debrie ers." STAT STAT The CIA continues to be a frequent target of false- allegations by individuals in a'variety of situations and out of a variety of motives. Persons standing trial, adventurers wishing to be admired as spies, authors and lecturers seeking sensational publicity to promote themselves and their writings are typical of these. Approved For Release 2007/03/01 : CIA=RDP99-00498R000300090036-4 Approved For Release 2007/03/01 : CIA-RDP99-00498R000300090036-4 CIA-Connected Issues in the News 1975 - Present STAT CHILE: Former Ambassador Edward M. Korry says everybody lied about Chile and accused. CIA of a "massive undertaking" in the overthrow of Salvador Allende, CUBANA AIR LINER CRASH: 'CIA blamed by Cuba for sabotage of plane in which died. A Cuban exile leader and two Venezuelans have. been charged. ASSASSINATIONS: Continuing stories on Lee Harvey Oswald allege the Agency had information on his activities prior to the assassination, withheld the information from the Warren Commission, and then attempted to cover up the withholding. In another case,.an Agency release of material in an FOIA request triggered an AP story (picked up by TASS) that CIA mounted a propaganda campaign to counter Commission critics. R.OCKEI?ELLER.AND CHURCH COMMITTEE HEARINGS: Mail Operiings Drug Testing on Unwitting Failure to"Destroy Poisons Domestic Survei12flce n._Dissidents Assassination Plots Against Foreign Leaders CIA-Mafia Connections Approved For Release 2007/03/01 : CIA-RDP99-00498R000300090036-4