Deny Interrogation of Soviet Jews Was Discussed with Helms

Israeli authorities questioned by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, have categorically denied reports that the interrogation of Jewish emigres from the Soviet Union was a subject discussed with CIA chief Richard Helms during his visit to Israel last week. Earlier reports said one of the reasons for Helms’ visit was to secure permission for American agents to question the new arrivals from the USSR. The JTA learned after an exhaustive investigation that Israeli authorities have not deviated from their long-standing policy of not permitting Soviet immigrants to be questioned by Israeli or foreign agents.

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