Reporters: Spying on the Spy

Any spy who is foolhardy enough to make speeches is fair game for the press. CIA Director Richard Helms learned that the hard way when he tried to speak off the record to the Business Council at the Homestead Inn in Hot Springs, Va. Arguing that anything Helms had to say to 125 of the nation's top business executives could hardly endanger national security, reporters pleaded with the CIA chief for at least a briefing. They even carried their complaints to the Administration's communications director, Herb Klein, in Washington. Helms turned Klein down too.

The CIA rebuff sent most reporters...

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