WASHINGTON — A senior State Department official whose laptop
computer has turned up missing was suspected by the State Department
during the Cold War of being a communist agent, WorldNetDaily has
The foreign-affairs agency, besieged by recent reports of security
breaches and Russian spying, has discovered three laptops to be missing.
One was signed out to Morton H. Halperin, the assistant secretary of
state for policy planning.
Halperin, according to a well-respected former State official, was
suspected of working for the communists in the ’60s and ’70s.
“He was a person we knew to be pro-Soviet and not a person to be
trusted,” said the official, who worked in intelligence during the
height of the Cold War.
“Halperin has been known on embassy (briefing) cards as a Soviet or
communist agent,” added the official, who was an expert on the Soviet
Union, in an exclusive interview with WorldNetDaily.
A Democrat-controlled Senate denied Halperin confirmation as
President Clinton’s nominee as assistant secretary of defense in large
part because of his radical leftist views. His current post did not
require confirmation. Books have linked Halperin to the KGB.
But this is the first time a State official has confirmed Halperin’s
alleged communist ties.
Halperin did not respond to requests to discuss the allegations or
the missing laptop.
But a staffer in the policy planning office of State’s main
Washington building defended her boss, arguing that the charges against
Halperin have never been proven.
“This is a very old story, and I don’t think you’ll find it has any
legs,” said the staffer, who insisted on going unnamed.
The former State official, who also wished to remain anonymous, was
“horrified” upon hearing the news of Halperin’s missing laptop.
Halperin’s aide asserted that it “wasn’t his laptop,” but “was
assigned to the policy planning staff of which he heads.”
On April 30, 1999, Clinton issued a secret Presidential Decision
Directive — PDD 68 — ordering the creation of the International
Public Information group. IPI is a new propaganda organ designed to
“influence foreign audiences” and gain control over “international
Clinton put Halperin, who favors unilateral nuclear disarmament, in
charge of setting up IPI. Some fear IPI will be used as a propaganda
weapon against Americans. Foreign press coverage of the U.S. often
washes back into America.
Who is Morton Halperin?
After earning a masters and Ph.D. from Yale University, he taught at
Harvard throughout much of the ’60s.
From 1975 to 1992, he headed the Center for National Security
Studies in Washington. CNSS is a spinoff of the Institute for Policy
Studies, a pro-Marxist think tank that has supported Soviet and Cuban
operations in Third World countries.
IPS was founded in 1963 with seed money from the Samuel Rubin
Foundation. Rubin was a member of the Communist Party.
In 1977, Halperin flew to London to help defend CIA agent Philip
Agee when he was being deported from Britain as a security risk for
collaborating with Cuban and Soviet intelligence.
Halperin, 61, was also director of the American Civil Liberties
Union’s Washington office from 1985 to 1992.
From 1994 to 1996, he worked in the White House as Clinton’s National
Security Council adviser on “human rights.”
Halperin, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, became
State’s policy planner in 1998.