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Saturday, September 1, 1979
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Cuba. from fog IA "No Soviet military base is ad-missable in this hemisphere," he said, adding that Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance plans to discuss the matter with Soviet Ambassador . Anatoly Dobrynin at the United Nations this fall. But he also said that the Carter administration is not being forceful enough in its dealings on the subject. The new intelligence evaluation represented a dramatic change from the public estimates given by the administration in recent weeks. On July 27, Vance responded to a query from Stone with a denial that there were Soviet combat troops on the island. "There is no evidence of any substantial increase in the Soviet military presence in Cuba in recent years or of the presence of a Soviet military base," Vance wrote. "Apart from the military group advising Cuban forces for the past 15 years, our intelligence does not warrant the conclusion that there are any other significant Soviet forces in Cuba." On Aug. 7, the Defense Department said, "There might have been a very modest increase" in the Soviet military presence in Cuba. U.S. intelligence sources said then that estimates indicated 2,000 military advisers and between 4,000 and 6,000 civilian technicians and advisory personnel were in Cuba. But by Wednesday, the estimate had changed. Vance called in a Soviet diplomat Wednesday to request an explanation, the State Department disclosed. On Thursday, members of the Senate were briefed, and on Thurs-, day evening Sen. Frank Church, D-Idaho, made the information public in a Boise, Idaho, news conference. A Soviet Embassy spokesman said there would be no comment on the reports. He said no response has been given to Vance as yet. In Havana, the Cuban government had no immediate comment Speaking unofficially, however, a government spokesman expressed doubt at the statement, saying, "The United States has been wrong many times before.",, He said the fact that the State Department disclosed the alleged presence of the troops on the eve of the non-aligned summit meeting in Havana suggests a U.S. effort to discredit Cuba's position within the movement. But spokesman Carter denied that the United States engineered the incident to embarrass the Cubans by showing their dependence on the Soviets. Administration officials said they had little choice but to release the information, despite its potential impact on the SALT II ratifica nn tion vote. They said they felt certain the information would be leaked if they did not release it themselves. A retired intelligence officer, Lt Gen. Daniel Graham, said some analysts had picked up evidence of the combat unit several months . ago. But it was only recently that the "intelligence community" concluded that the evidence represented a combat unit and not military advisers. Spokesman Carter said "elements" of the combat unit have been in Cuba since 1976. Other sources said the entire brigade may have been in Cuba for as many as four years without intelligence sources being aware of its numerical strength and capability. They said the evidence did not indicate a recent influx of troops. The administration sources said they still did not know what the mission of the brigade was. Some speculated that it might be a "tripwire" force requested by Cuban Premier Fidel Castro as a deterrent to potential attackers who would not want to engage Soviet forces. Although they felt it was unlikely the Soviets would take such a risk, the officials said, they could not rule out the possibility that the Soviets might intend to use the troops elsewhere in Latin America. That was also a concern voiced by Church, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "It is one thing for Russians to engage in such activities in places like Angola and Ethiopia. It is quite another thing to move into what always has been regarded as our own front yard," he said. "The president must make it clear. We draw the line on Russian penetration of this hemisphere." 'Johnny C denies selling By PHILIP TAUBMAN New York Times Service WASHINGTON The man who allegedly gave cocaine to Hamilton Jordan, the White House chief of staff, last year at Studio 54 has denied . the entire allegation in testimony to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to sources close to the case. The sources said that the man, known as Johnny C, told the bureau earlier this week that he was not at the New York disco the night of June 27, 1978, when Jordan acknowledges he visited the discotheque, these sources said. Johnny C. also told federal agents that he never supplied cocaine to Jordan at any other time, they said. Jordan is alleged by the owners of Studio 54 to have asked for and used cocaine on a visit last year. According to the allegation made by the owners, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, who are Jleffffen'sorD stores Ss commiimg to Ffl. GMyeirs . - IbiTDinigDDiig y y a pOeasaoTiS way to shop annd aim eiicifioinig way to sawe! WateCu tfoir fllfteoir gcaimd peimDDug soodt). ffo XV ; y SALLY RAND IN 1933 . . . doing dance at fair (ml under indictment for tax evasion, Johnny C. sup-, plied cocaine to Jordan and witnessed him sniffing it. Lawyers for Rubell and Schrager have said that Johnny C. confirmed the allegation in a recent conversation with Rubell that was tape-recorded without Johnny C.'s knowledge. Mitchell Rogovin, a lawyer for Schrager, said Friday, "We're not surprised that he denied the story to the FBI. We have tangible evidence, however, taken in a neutral setting, in which he corroborates that Jordan used cocaine in his presence." Rogovin said that Rubell and Schrager would turn the evidence, apparently the recording, over to the government, suggesting that they might hold it back to give to a special prosecutor, if one is appointed. The Justice Department, acting under the provisions of the Ethics in Government Act, is con- 1 Sally Rand of fan-dance fame dies GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) - Sally Rand, who fan-danced to fame at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair and went on to shock and delight al- . most two generations, died Friday of congestive heart failure at age 75. Until last year, when ill health forced her to curtail her appearances, the petite blond dancer was still waving her fluffy white ostrich plumes up to 40 weeks a year. "People ask me, 'What the hell are you doing it for?' " she told the Associated Press in an interview last month. "Well, it's a lot better than doing needlepoint in the patio." Born Helen Gould Beck on April 3, 1904, she began peforming at age 14 and worked her way from Missouri to Hollywood in the 1920s. There, director Cecil B. De Mille cast her in "The King of Kings" as Sally Rand, a name he lifted from a Rand-McNally atlas. But while Miss Rand settled in this Los Angeles suburb, she never made it big in the movies. So she came up with the idea of dancing in the nude with ostrich plumes to set her apart from other strip-tease acts. She first performed her dance in a Chicago speakeasy in 1932, when she coined the phrase "the Rand is quicker than the eye." But it was on the midway in the World's Fair that she really made a splash. From there, she took her fan dance around the nation, sometimes varying things a bit with an almost-as-famous. routine using a cocaine to Jordan Fort Myers News-Press, ( t Ax: U o ft? . .'A '5XJ(- ---33 MISS RAND IN 1971 . . . many appearances bubble five feet in diameter. The act periodically got her hauled into court for indecent exposure. The last time that happened was in Omaha, Neb., in 1964, when she was old enough to have been the grandmother of most strippers. But age was never a hangup for Miss Rand, who discussed her facelifts and hair-dye jobs with equal candor. "I felt proud at the age of 60 to be arrested for being naked in public," she said of the Omaha incident. Miss Rand is survived by her adopted son, Sean, 31, and two grandchildren. ducting a preliminary investigation of the allegations against Jordan. The act requires such an investigation when allegations are made against a high government official that involve violations of federal law more serious than a petty offense. The attorney general, after reviewing the findings of the preliminary inquiry, will determine whether the case should be dropped for lack of substantiation or should be pursued with the appointment of a special prosecutor. According to sources in the Justice Department, the preliminary investigation of the Jordan case could be concluded by the end of next week. The sources gave a full name for Johnny C, but the New York Times could not independently confirm that the man the sources named was the same person identified by Rubell in the original allegation. Saturday, September 1, 1979 3A Cleveland defaults for the 2nd time CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland had some more big bills it couldn't pay Friday and defaulted for the second time in less than a year in what one official called a "planned catastrophe." "We can't avoid it," said city Law Director Jack M. Schulman, who placed the blame on continued feuding between the Cleveland City Council and feisty Mayor Dennis J. Kucinich. The city had until midnight Friday to either repay or refinance $3.3 million in loans from its waterworks contingency fund, a reserve for unanticipated construction expenses. It let the deadline pass. - Schulman could not predict the impact of the default, but said it would certainly jeopardize the city's efforts to retain its $500 miU lion water system, Cleveland's largest asset. No layoffs of civil servants or cuts in city services were expected, however. ; "It's another planned, catastrcf phe," said Schulman, a Kucinich appointee. He accused the council of contriving the latest default in an attempt to embarrass Kucinich and weaken his chances in a reelection bid this fall. Council Majority Leader Basil M. Russo, a challenger for mayor, has said Kucinich could have averted default on his own. Cleveland has yet to recover from or repay $14 million in defaulted notes owed to six local banks since Dec. 15, 1978, and faces a third default Oct. 6, when another $14.1 million must be paid to the city waterworks construction fund and the airport surplus fund. Late Friday, Kucinich held a news conference outside a downtown bank, clutching checks for $1.25 million. Kucinich said the checks represented what he had hoped would be the first payment on the debt to the banks that have been holding defaulted notes since December. Kucinich said the banks were being paid a total of $509,000 in in terest on the defaulted notes Friday, and an additional $34,000 in interest was being paid to the city's cemetery trust fund, which holds $1 million in defaulted notes. He also made a $233,000 interest payment on the waterworks funds, al- inuugn we million principal remains. wm ii i

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