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Howard Hunt claimed he authored 1967 foreign affairs column by S.L. Sulzberger of The New York Times

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Jerry Shinley today posted elsewhere the article below by C.L. Sulzberger and then called attention to an article in the Washington Post of September 18, 1997, titled "Hunt Claims Authorship of CIA article. Espionage Column in New York Times Carried Sulzbergr By-Line." The Post article noted that the New York Times refused to commend on Howard Hunt's allegation. 
[Is this an example of Operation Mockingbird?]
Thomas Dodd put the article in question in the Congressional Record.

[From the New York Times, Sept. 13, 1967]
(By C. L. Sulzberger)

The cold war between tightly knit Soviet
and NATO blocs has certainly relaxed. The
five years since the Cuban missile showdown
have been marked by cautious if persistent
efforts to improve relations between Washington
and Moscow despite tensions in Viet-nam
and the Middle East. Loosening of their
own alliances, realization of the folly of nuclear
war and mutual fear of China have
all contributed to this easement.

But this trend should not be permitted to
obscure the fact that the two superpowers
continue to found policy on each other's
assumed intentions and to watch each other's
every move. All the time, day and night,
Soviet and American spy satellites whizz
overhead while their photographic eavesdropping
and other electronic devices snoop
about the globe.


Nor has the subsidence of tension reduced
conventional espionage. We are only occasionally
reminded of this fact by events such
as South Africa's recent seizure of a Russian
spy named Yuri Loginov or the exposure
of a clandestine Soviet network last March
when Giorgio Rinaldi was arrested by Italian
military intelligence.

Between March 1966 and April 1967 no
fewer than 107 Soviet intelligence officers
were uncovered around the world. Most of
them held diplomatic passports and were
simply declared persona non grata and sent

Loginov has already made a full confession
which involves many Russian so-called diplomats.
They include Konstantin, Frolov who
served in Argentina and Australia; Yuri
Lyudin (also called Modin, former Soviet
counselor in New Delhi; Vitali Pavlov (alias
Kedrov), a counselor of embassy in Western
Europe, who was in Ottawa during the Gouzenko
spy case; Aleksei Tiblayshin, who once
worked at UNESCO in Paris; Yuri Chekulayev,
a diplomat in the Middle East; and
Boris Skoridov, said to be the same as Boris
Zhiltsov, member of Moscow's London embassy.

The highly proficient Soviet espionage apparatus
of G.R.U. (military intelligence) and
K.G.B. (interior ministry) makes wide use
of diplomatic, journalistic and commercial
cover. The G.R.U. officer arrested in the
Rinaldi case, Yuri Pavlenko, was an attache
in the Rome embassy. Rinaldi exposed Albert
Zakharov, embassy secretary in Athens; Boris
Petrin, attache in Nicosia; Nikolai Ranov,
Aerofiot airlines representative in Cyprus;
Igor Oshurkov, trade representative in
Greece; Mikhail Badin, Vienna military attache;
Georgi Balan, military attache in
Italy, then Mexico; Aleksei Solovov, employe
in the Rome military attache's office.

Experts assume no Soviet diplomatic
establishment draws fewer than half its staff
from G.R.U. or K.G.B. rosters, a figure rising
to 80 per cent in some embassies. Of 107
Russian spies exposed last year, 45 had
diplomatic cover; thirty were listed as journalists;
fifteen commercial representatives; five
Aeroflot; six "cultural" representatives.

A vitally important, if more conventional,
Soviet espionage network at Bakfjord, northern
Norway, did effective work in the NATO
area before Norwegian counterintelligence
broke it up. This group's agents, trained in
Murmansk, were responsible for entrapment
of the famous U-2 plane piloted by Gary
Powers in 1960. This was shot down over
Russia while on a high-flying reconnaissance
mission between Pakistan and Norway.


Allied officials are now perplexed by the
appearance on the West European scene of
a new type of superspy assigned to political
action and reporting directly to the Soviet
Communist party's International Section, an
echelon above K.G.B. and G.R.U. Four diplomats
believed to hold such assignments
are Sergei Kudryavtsev, Minister-Counselor
in Bonn; Pavel Medvedovsky, Counselor in
Rome; and Vladimir Feodorov and Georgi
Farafonov, Counselors in Helsinki.

Kudryavtsev, also involved in Canada's
Gouzenko case, was Russia's first Ambassador
to Castro. He supervised installation of
Soviet missiles in Cuba. Medvedovsky worked
in the K.G.B. before being promoted to his
political action job. Feodorov, once deputy
chief of the party's International Section,
was a political observer in China. Farafanov
worked in Stockholm eight years for the


One cannot predict how many new names
will be added to this roster as a result of
Loglnov's confession in South Africa, a
confession that has already connected five
continents in the extraordinary Soviet network.
The basic point is that despite the relative
thaw between Moscow and Washington, and
efforts to work out political and economic
accommodation, the spy war goes on.

The watch persists in the skies, on the
high seas where trawlers and submarines
carry complex electronic devices; along endless
frontiers from Norway to Kamchatka;
and in the susurrous cellers of embassies
about the world. The overt cold war has
eased-but not its covert counterpart.
Edited by Douglas Caddy
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