CIABASE: The Office of Public Affairs

20 December 1991

MEMORANDUM FOR: Director of Central Intelligence

(After a number of introductory remarks the document sets forth
the programs of the Public Affairs Office (PAO).

A. MEDIA

1) Current Program:

a. PAO now has relationships with reporters from every major
wire service, newspaper, news weekly, and television network in the
nation. This has helped up turn some “intelligence failure” stories
into “Intelligence success” stories…In many instances, we have
persuaded reporters to postpone, change, hold, or even scrap stories.

[…]

Excerpt from “The CIA & the Media” from Rolling Stone, 10/20/77:
“Among executives who cooperated with the CIA were William
Paley of the Columbia Broadcasting System, Henry Luce of Time
Inc., Arthur Hays Sulzberger of the New York Times, Barry
Bingham Sr. of the Louisville Courier-Journal, and James Copley
of the Copley News Services. Other organizations that cooperated
with the CIA include the American Broadcasting company, the
National Broadcasting Company, the Associated Press, United
Press International, Reuters, Hearst newspapers, Scripps-Howard,
Newsweek magazine, the Mutual Broadcasting System, Miami Herald
and the old Saturday Evening Post and new York Herald-Tribune.
By far the most valuable of these associations, have been with
the New York Times, CBS and Time Inc.

Excerpt from Secrets: The CIA’s War at Home 26-41 Mackenzie, A. (1997):
Thomas H. Karamessines — in 67 started an operation to handle
the antiwar press via the new Special Operations Group (SOG)
in the Counterintelligence section. Angleton appointed Dick
Ober to coordinate SOG and expand his Ramparts magazine
investigation to encompass the entire underground press —
some 500 newspapers. SOG designated MHCHAOS. CIA assigned
domestic political espionage the highest level of priority.
SOG ops grew to sixty field agents as well as other CIA
compartments.  Due to the large number of reports generated
computers were used for the first time to handle the traffic.
CIA coordinated efforts with army agents, the local police
and the FBI. The FBI used its agents to create dissension
within protest groups. Ober had relied on the CIA’s Domestic
Contract Service (DCS).

Excerpt from Columbia Journalism Review  March/April 1981:
Three agencies acted to disrupt the underground press, FBI,
Army and CIA.  Operations may have affected 150 of 500
underground publications. CIA was the first to disrupt Ramparts
magazine. Via IRS the Agency reviewed tax returns, learned
the names of backers and asked IRS to investigate backers for
possible tax violations, then went after advertisers.

[back to PAO memorandum to director of central intelligence:]

B. ACADEMIA

1) Current Program

a. The Agency has a wide range of contacts with academics through
recruiting, professional societies, contractual arrangements and OTE.
PAO has recently been designated the focal point for all information
about CIA’s relations with the academic community. As such, PAO is
building a database of information about Agency contacts with
academia-conferences and seminars, recruiting officers and
scholars-in-residence, contracts, teaching–and serves as the
clearinghouse of such information for Agency employees.

[…]

C. GOVERNMENT

1. Current Program:

a. The Agency has a broad range of contacts throughout government
and provides product, briefings, and exchanges to both Executive
and Legislative Branches.

[…]

(5.) Hill staffers rely heavily on OTA and CRS products. Moreover,
active interaction with these congressional support organizations
can provide invaluable insights into issues that key House and
Senate Committees and individual members believe are important,
as well as what legislation is under consideration
….Some hill staffers have suggested that CIA assign officers
to act as liaison through OCA for relevant OTA projects, as the
military services do.

D.  BUSINESS

1. Current Program:

a. The Agency currently has three types of basic relationships with
the US business sector. First, business is an important source of
intelligence information via NR collection activities. Second, the US
corporate sector is involved in the vast bulk of the Agency’s
contracting efforts.

[…]

E. PRIVATE SECTOR

1. Current Program:

A. PAO officers this year made presentations about the CIA to
members of more than 60 civic and service clubs. Rotary and
Kiwanis Clubs in particular have been recipients of this service.
PAO took steps to establish a speakers’ bureau last spring to increase
the number of presentations that the Agency could provide.

From: Ralph McGehee <rmcgehee@igc.org>

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