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CIA cites national
best interest as
determining factor for
WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced
with Russian threats of retaliation, the
United States dropped spying charges
Thursday against a former KGB agent,
because the CIA and State Department
decided prosecution was not in the na
tional interest. -
y; An unsigned, three-paragraph Jus
tice Department statement said the CJA
had changed its mind about proceed
ing with the case against Vladimir
Hie CIA was advised in advance
of the Oct. 29 arrest of Galkin and
raised concerns but no objections, the
Justice statement said. Galkin was ac
cused of attempted espionage and con
spiracy to obtain for Russia informa
tion on the U.S. “Star Wars” defense
“In retrospect, and after further con
sultations within the government, the
CIA has concluded, and the State De
partment has concurred, that the na
tional interest would best be served by
dismissing the charges,” the Justice
statement said. Justice officials ac
cepted this recommendation.
Two Justice Department officials,
requesting anonymity, said CIA Direc
tor John Deutch argued strongly for
dismissal out of concern that Russia
might retaliate against U.S. agents
Russia has issued several public
protests and a threat of retaliation since
Gallon’s arrest by the FBI at New
York’s Kennedy International Airport.
The charges were dropped when
Galkin appeared Thursday in federal
court in Worcester, Mass.
Galkin, shackled in handcuffs when
he appeared for\ the hearing, wore a
mustard-colored shirt and matching
pants. Court attendants removed the
handcuffs before the prosecutor an
nounced the government’s decision to
dismiss the charges.
Some Justice and FBI officials were
upset over the decision to drop the case,
the two officials said.
As recently as Monday, Russia's
Foreign Intelligence Service accused
the United States of breaking the “un
written rules’* of espionage by giving
a former spy a visa, then arresting him
when he arrived.
Justice Department officials, speak
ing on condition of anonymity, said
they were unaware of any such unwrit
ten rules or agreement.
Russian officials insist that Galkin
was entrapped because the United
States knew his espionage background
when it gave him the entry visa.
“The Americans breached the un
written rules of the game and the code
of behavior of the world’s espionage
services,” Ihtyana Samolis, a spokes
woman far the Foreign Intelligence
Service, told die Interfax news agency.
“Such things didn’t happen even in the
worst Cold War times.”
Russia is ready to retaliate against
current and former American intelli
gence agents, Samolis said.
There was no immediate official
reaction today in Moscow. But a duty
officer at the Russian Foreign Minis
try called it good news.
“I hope it won’t affect relations be
tween our two countries,” said the of
ficer, who declined to give his name.
Galkin’s wife, Svetlana Galkina,
was elated to hear the news when in
formed by The Associated Press.
“I’m incredibly happy,” she said. “I
didn’t expect it to be resolved so fast.”
Galkin's application for a U.S. visa
was approved Oct 24, the same day a
warrant was issued for his arrest.
The Russian Foreign Intelligence
Service says Galkin, 50, has been a
private citizen and businessman since
The United States charged that in
1990 and 1991, Galkin conspired to get
secret military data that included die
Strategic Defense Initiative, the “Star
Wars” ballistic missile defense system.
U.S. troops sent to Rwanda
Nations join forces in humanitarian efforts to feed Zairian refugees
. KIGALI, Rwanda (AP)—The first
of what could be 4,000 American
gQ^j&aived in Rwanda’s capital
Thursday in advance of a multinational
'operation to feed and help send home
more than Imillion refugees in Zaire.
The 43-member team, led by U.S.
Army Maj. Gen. Edwin P. Smith, is to
assess the security needs for the U.S.
troops that are to take part in the Ca
nadian-led humanitarian operation in
central Africa. *
Beside Canada and the United
States, other-Western nations expected
i UnitoMterionsf$$4' stfven Africa*
r countries Will take part, including
While President Clinton has at
tached certain conditions to the U.S.
troops’ involvement, he agreed in prin
ciple Wednesday to dispatch a force,
spearheaded by U.S. Army paratroop
ers from their base in Vincenza, Italy.
Among the conditions placed on
U.S. participation in the multinational
\ force were that: the American troops,
' totaling 3,000 to4,000, stay no longer
than four months so that there is a fi
nite date to the mission.
Officials from Canada, United
States and other countries were to meet
at the United Nations this afternoon to
finalize details ofthe operation.
. Once the parties reach agreement,
the Security Council will authorize the
White House spokesman Mike
McCurry said the U.S. paratroopers
would secure an airfield in the eastern
Zaire city of Goma, a principal deliv
ery point for humanitarian supplies.
Zairian rebels control the airport.
Rocket fire hissed today above
Goipa*?|h6: ^riia town bordering
Rwanda, asZairian rebels battled with
RWandao Hutu hulitias near their
Mugunga refugee camp 10 miles from
the lakeside town.
No injuries were reported, and by
noon the artillery was quiet Shelling
prevented the distribution of food,
however. As relief is delayed, thou
sands face starvation or death from dis
Rebel leader Laurent Kabila has
yowed to retaliate against the former
Rwandan soldiers and Hutu militiamen
at the camp who pounded Goma with
shells earlier this week.
The American troops, bolstered
with Apache attack helicopters, also
would provide security along a three
mile corridor to the Rwandan border
The force will be headed by Lt.
Gen. Maurice Baril, thecommander of
Canada’s land forces, and he will have
a U.S. officer, yet to be chosen, as sec
ond-in-command, the Pentagon said.
“We are here to conduct an initial
assessment for possible humanitarian
assistance either unilaterally or multi
laterally,” Smith, commander of the
Southern European Thsk Force, part of
the U.S. European Command, said on
arrival of the advance U.S. team today.
To minimize the possibility of U.S.
casualties, the Clinton administration
said American forces would not dis
arm militants or conduct any type of
That policy may make it difficult
for the multinational force to approach
the refugees, who have been prevented
from returning home by former
Rwandan soldiers and Hutu militia
men. They have resisted repatriation
because they fear reprisals forthe 1994
Social activist Cardinal Bemardin dies at 68
CHICAGO (AP) — Cardinal Jo
seph Bemardin, the soft-spoken son ol
immigrants and one of the Roman
Catholic Church’s strongest voices foi
social involvement, died early Thurs
day of cancer. He was 68.
Bemardin died at his home at 1:33
am, Bishop Raymond Goedert said.
Bemardin, the senior Roman
.Catholic prelate in the United States
and leader of Chicago’s 2.3 million
•Catholics, underwent surgery for pan
creatic cancer in June 1995, and an
nounced Aug. 30 that the cancer had
spread and was inoperable. He gave up
his day-to-day duties Oct. 31.
In more than 14 years as archbishop
of Chicago — often described as the
* most visible Catholic post in the United
States — Bemardin helped steer the
American church toward an anti
nuclear stance and staked out positions
on AIDS and capital punishment. Just
days before his death, he wrote to the
U.S. Supreme Court urging against cre
ation of a legal right to die.
But Bemardin spent much time in
his final months discussing his illness,
his struggle to overcome the fear of
death and his belief in eternal life.
“We can lode at death in two .ways,
as an enemy or as a friend,” Bemardin
said when he announced his illness was
terminal. “As a person of faith, I see
death as a friend.”
His openness about his impending
death won praise from religious lead
ers. It also brought him to extraordi
nary places, from the White House,
where President Clinton honored him
with the Presidential Medal of Free
dom, to the cell of a death-row inmate
who asked to pray with Bernardin be
f His most searing moment of na
tional attention came in November
1993, when he was accused of having
sexually abused a young man, Steven
Code, years earlier while Bemardin
was archbishop of Cincinnati. Code
recanted and reconciled with Bemardin
before dying of AIDS last year.
Ironically, Bemardin had estab
lished a system for dealing with sexual
accusations against priests that was
considered a model for other dioceses.
His vindication after calmly declaring
his innocence and willingness to for
give Cook mitigated damage to the
church’s image from priest-abuse scan
Bemardin considered it a priest’s
duty to confront sticky social issues.
“If we live a religious life and en
courage others to do that, there is no
doubt we will come into increasing
conflict with the prevailing values of
tfowchjjygJw told The New Yodc
Gunman arrested tor tolling 1, w:r~±og 2 at Ford Motor Co. plant
The man opened nre late Thursday
morning after having sorne type of con
frontation with two Ford assembly line:
“He came into the cafeteria first.
started shooting with same weapon. He
wassprayingbullets all over the place,**
Ford spokesman Bill Carroll said. He
then went outside and fired more shots,
Goodlein did not release the iden
tity of the dead worker. Authorities
More U.S. troops
to aid in Bosnia
WASHINGTON (AP) — The
United States likely will provide at
leam 5,000 troops for a new NATO
peacekeeping force in Bosnia next
year, NATO’s Secretary General
Javier Solana said today.
Thirty countries could send as
many as 30,000 troops, including up
to 10,000 Americans, Solana told
■ reporters. Clinton administration of
ficials, speaking on condition of
anonymity, said the U.S. contribu
tion would be between 5,000 to
.. The troops will replace the
present 60,000-member force that
is scheduled to pull out by the end
of the year.
Vice President A1 Gore signaled
the administration’s readiness to
participate m the new force in a
meeting Wednesday with Solana,
administration officials said.
U.S. troops would be part of a
larger force that would stay perhaps
through the end of next year to help
assure that the shaky Dayton peace
agreement takes root in the former
In Paris, Secretary of State War
ren Christopher said an international
police force now in Bosnia must be
strengthened as well.
“Everything we are doing has a
straightforward purpose,” he said.
“It is to implement the Dayton
Agreement in letter and in spirit.
That is the only option we can con
sider, the only goal we can support,
the only way to achieve lasting
peace in Bosnia.”
Some 200 Americans are serv
ing in the police force. Christopher
did not say whether others would
White House press secretary
Mike McCurry said Thursday that
Clinton was meeting tonight with
his foreign policy4eam to review the
plans. And he said Gore gave
Solana “a sense of our thinking,” but
a final decision was pending.
"That’s what the purpose of the
meeting is today,” McCurry said in
McCurry said Clinton was likely
to address the use of U.S. forces for
Bosnia and Zaire before he leaves
Friday for a Hawaiian vacation and
a trip to Asia.
A NATO meeting is set for Mon
day in Brussels to discuss in depth
a Bosnian force after the current
U.S.-commanded mission expires
on Dec. 20 ' "
Around 12,000 U.S. soldiers re
main in the NATO peacekeeping
mission, which now numbers about
43,000. The U.S. soldiers were
joined last month by about 3,400
other Americans whose main func
tion is to assist in the withdrawal of
the current U.S. contingent by
The Senate last December
passed by 69-30 a resolution sup
porting U.S. action in Bosnia but
limiting its duration to about one
year. On the same day in the House,
there was a 287-141 vote opposing
U.S. participation in the NATO
force but expressing support for
American forces there.
Renewed fighting this week in
Bosnia has heightened concern over
the possible departure of NATO
In Paris on Wednesday, with
hundreds of Bosnian Muslims
threatening to reclaim their Serb
held homes by force, Christopher
told Bosnia’s leaders that freedom
of movement was essential to peace.
He said tensions in Bosnia had risen
to a "critical” point this week after
serious fighting broke out between
Bosnia Serbs and Bosnian Muslims.
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