Soviet Operations: Chile
"Even more interesting than the International Peace Research Institute is the Institute for Policy Studies, a research organization described by Rael Jean Isaac as an “enormous intelligence operation practicing both covert action and subversion. It is itself an adaptation of the multinational corporation, and serves as an ‘imperial’ nerve center, with endless subsidiary operations that in turn influence and shape a whole series of ostensibly independent groups.” Isaac argues that the institute perceives no distinction between research and political action. “Major targets of IPS have been [U.S.] government intelligence agencies for their spying, covert action, and subversion; the Corporation, especially the multinational corporation; and US. imperialism.” These targets and long-term objectives obviously coincide with the goals of active measures conducted by the Soviet bloc against the United States.
Is there convincing evidence of a connection between Communist intelligence and the institute? Radical leftist bias does not mean, of course, that most Fellows serve on the KGB payroll and that every IPS research study is inspired and approved by the KGB. The influence is more subtle.
The case of Orlando Letelier, a former Chilean foreign minister who served in the Allende government, lived as a political exile in the United States, and worked as Director of the Transnational Institute (the international arm of the Institute for Policy Studies) can serve as an example.
In September 1976, Letelier and an IPS staff member named Roni Moffrtt were assassinated in Washington. D.C., by Chilean secret agents. Documents found in his briefcase and his apartment revealed that Letelier had received a lump sum and regular payments of $1,000 a month from Cuba through Beatriz Allende Fernandez, the wife of a Cuban intelligence officer. An internal memorandum dated September 9, 1976, by Transnational Institute suggested that this sensitive fact should not be entered on the books. Although the institute explained later that these funds had been collected by the Chilean Socialist party in Western Europe and deposited in Havana, the explanation is not convincing. From documents released under the Freedom of Information Act, Accuracy in Media Report offers this analysis of the Letelier case:
FBI intercepts of telephone conversations between Letelier and Julian Rizo, then Castro’s top intelligence agent in the US. , revealed that Letelier had been asked to arrange meetings for Rizo with the Institute for Policy Studies’ people. Moreover, at the time he was killed, Letelier was about to depart on a trip to Cuba, and he was carrying in his briefcase a letter from one of his IPS associates, Saul Landau, to be delivered to a friend in Cuba.“
Accuracy in Media Report’s analysis of the connection between the Institut for Policy Studies and Cuban intelligence has been ignored or pushed aside h most American mass media as a product of new McCarthyism".