The murder of Mr. Richard Welch, reported to be the head of the United States?
(GREECE) SV Diplomats parked near house
SV Man cleaning blood away from pavement and Greek and US investigators examine car
SV Investigators looking at car (3 shots)
(USA) CU "Counterspy" magazine (2 shots) (MUTE)
SCU Editor and assistant looking at files (2 shots) (MUTE)
CU Tim Butz (co-editor) being interviewed
REPORTER: "Do you think that naming Mr. Welch contributed to his death?"
BUTZ: "No, what contributed to his death was the CIA. If anyone was responsible for the death of Mr. Welch, it's the CIA that sent him there to spy, perhaps intervene in the affairs of Greece, Albania and Yugoslavia. We want to put a stop to the intervention in the affairs of foreign countries and in to domestic spying. And the naming of names is one way for us to trap the strength of the CIA, to find out about those activities."
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This film is serviced with an interview with Tim Butz, a transcript of which appears below:
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: The murder of Mr. Richard Welch, reported to be the head of the United States Central Intelligence Agency in Greece, has provoked severe recriminations between present and former intelligence men.
Mr. Welch died after being shot by three gunmen as he returned from a party on Tuesday night (24 December). He had been officially serving as the first secretary of the U.S. Embassy and special assistant to the Ambassador, Mr. jack Kubisch.
His death followed his naming as one of seven CIA agents in the Athens press about a month ago. He was also named, earlier this year, in "Counterspy", a magazine published irregularly in the United States by former CIA agents.
A retired CIA agent, Mr. David Phillips, has blamed "Counterspy" for Mr. Welch's death, and the magazine has been rebuked by the out-going CIA director, Mr. William Colby.
In reply, "Counterspy's" co-editor, Tim Butz, has claimed that if anyone is responsible for Mr. Welch's death it is the CIA. He said the organisation sent Mr. Welch there to spy.
"Counterspy", he said, wanted to put a stop to the intervention in the affairs of foreign countries and to domestic spying. He claims the naming of agents is one way of doing this.
Meanwhile the hunt for the murderers continues in Athens and several possible motives for the killing are being investigated. Hundreds of people belonging to political organisations connected with Cyprus have been interrogated by Greek police.
Mr. Welch took up his embassy post in Athens about a year ago, after serving in Cyprus and Lebanon.
Greek police are also keeping a close watch on airports, railways and bus stations to prevent the assassins leaving Greece. Guards have been reinforced outside the U.S. and Soviet embassies. Police have also been assigned to guard the homes of the other Americans named by the newspapers as CIA agents.
SYNOPSIS: The hunt continues in Greece for the three men who murdered the American diplomat, Richard Welch, on Tuesday night. Mr. Welch was first secretary of the United States Embassy and reported to be head of the Central Intelligence Agency's operations in Greece. The murder follows his naming as an agent in Greek newspapers a month ago. Greek police are investigating several possible motives for the killing and have increased the guard on the homes of other Americans also named as being CIA agents in Greece.
Mr. Welch was named earlier this year as a CIA agent in "Counterspy" magazine, published irregularly by former agents. The magazine has been blamed for his death. Co-editor, Tim Butz, answers the allegations.