Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 13, 1975 · Page 112
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 112

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 13, 1975
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CIA Director William E. Colby, with three aides, from left: lenonne Walker, his executive assistant; Pat Taylor of the counterintelligence staff, and top economist He/ene Boatner. The agency wants to recruit more women as well as more blacks and members of other minorities. WmritkCM LANCLEY, VA. M ost people think of espionage as a man's world. But just as history has its Mata Hari and fiction its Modesty Blaise, so the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has a handful of high-ranking women professionals. Take jenonne Walker, a veteran intelligence analyst and executive assistant to Director William E. Colby. Or take Pat Taylor, a member of the agency's Office of Current Intelligence. Or Helene Boatner, a top economist who 'helps supervise the CIA's secret budget Or the chief of the Soviet Internal Affairs branch, one of Washington's most respected Kremlinologists-- a woman who has come up through the s ranks of the CIA. I; For the first time, the CIA has per- mitted all these women to be inter- 2 viewed. Some, like the Kremlinologist L and a number of clandestine operators, asked that their names not be used in by Connecticut Walker print because of the political sensitivity of their jobs. Others, however, are not worried about PARADE blowing their "cover." They work in the open--gathering, evaluating, and analyzing information, or administering the CIA's global operations from the agency's sprawling headquarters in Langley, Va. A spokeswoman's voice As Helene Boatner puts it, 'There are a lot of people in the CIA who cannot speak up, so it behooves those of us who can to inform and educate the American people about what we do." Not that the agency was at first eager to open its door even a crack to PARADE. In keeping with the time- honored tradition of maintaining low and often invisible profiles, agency officials turned down an initial request for interviews with women. But then Director Colby intervened. He sug- gested to his colleagues that the agency, with all its mounting controversial publicity, needed to increase its press accessibility and public accountability. While waiting to interview women at the CIA, PARADE asked two former high-ranking male agency officials what it took for a woman to break into intelligence work--and to get ahead. To James Angleton, recently retired after 21 years as chief of counterintelligence, the ideal female candidate is one who "has lived abroad, possesses special attributes, especially political awareness, an area of expertise, and a fluency with foreign languages. A serious, ambitious and competitive woman who wishes to reach the top," Angleton avers, "can find fulfillment in a CIA career." Says Ray Cline, former deputy director of the CIA: "If you look at women in responsible positions at the agency, you notice that they achieved their jobs through ability, of course, 'but also through flexibility in accepting challenging assignments. Most of them are single." No wonder. The agency has not made it easy for married women to join its ranks. Spouses are not allowed to work in the same offices. A wife may not take her husband abroad as a dependent. She must take periodic lie-detector tests to make sure she has not disclosed classified information to friends or relatives--or to her husband if he does not work for the agency. Until this year, the CIA's Career Trainee Program, which is geared toward turning out clandestine operators, admitted no married women at all. Fits to a T Angleton's and Cline's descriptions of the ideal woman for the CIA fits jenonne Walker. After 12 years at a variety of posts in the intelligence division, this 40-year-old native of Oklahoma is now Colby's No. 1 aide. To reach her office a PARADE reporter, tagged with a badge marked "visitor," was ushered up to the seventh floor of CIA headquarters in a private, locked elevator. Miss Walker's office is next door to Colby's and offers a commanding view of the lush green Virginia countryside. She is an attractive woman with a frank but friendly manner. "The director has a group of special

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