THE CIA: Damn the Leakers-Full Ahead!

"How do you operate a Government in this climate?" CIA Director William E. Colby asked resignedly last week. Colby was frustrated because congressional sources had leaked information he had given them in secret, making front-page news out of the U.S. plan to contribute $6 million to anti-Communist parties in Italy (see WORLD). When it was suggested that the CIA should give up such covert operations, Colby asked: "You mean hamstring ourselves and watch the world go to pieces?"

The leak dramatically illustrated the difficulties that Congress and the Administration face in working out guidelines for legislative oversight of the...

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