Monday, December 7, 2009

Draft of Letter to New York Times - (Truth Commission I)

12 April 1993


Letter to The Editor
The New York Times
229 W. 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

To the Editor:

On April 2, you ran an article by Anthony Lewis ("Fear of the Truth"). In the body of that piece, Lewis stated that CIA knew who had killed San Salvador's Archbishop Romero. Lewis stated categorically that at the direction of Robert Gates, the information had been withheld from our intelligence oversight committees.

Lewis is categorically wrong.

Over the years, US intelligence has contributed substantially to our governments' understanding of human rights violations in El Salvador and elsewhere. In the Romero matter, we can document that when we acquired information about the assassination and the alleged assassin, we promptly sent it to appropriate policy agencies, to two other US intelligence agencies, and to both of our Congressional oversight committees.

It is important that the US public understand that neither the CIA nor Robert Gates suppressed information about this matter.


Gary E. Foster

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