CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
O/'ICf Of TH( oficcrox
FOR THE PRESIDENT
SUBJECT; Publicity on Pnflure of Soviet Space Probes
the roquest of Mr. Carlttach herewithsheet on six Soviet failures in probing space. To the bestknowledge, these are the only such probes they haveI understand it, this fact sheet is to be used obliquely by NASA
in responseetter to be written to Mr. Webb by Mr. Lloyd Berkner.
fact sheet contains much Information which Is The information from which the fact sheet was developedobtained from many intelligence sources, some of them our There is enough collateral information available topublication of this fact sheet without blowing the coversensitive sources. m concerned over the opening up of thisof our knowledge of Soviet activities to the general scrutinypublic, and particularly the probing press. As you know, once a
Subject is open to public discussion, most people having access to highly sensitive information let down their guard and blurt out the truth. m fearful that this will occur in this instance and that our entire box of tricks will be subject to tho most careful and painstaking
scrutiny by public information media. rust that all concerned will bear this in mind to avoid the proliferation that could easily occur. 3. In order that the intelligence community be at least partially
relieved of the probing outlined above, it would be advisable to make
clear that this type of informationormal collection responsibility
of the NORAD SPA0AT system.
Marshall S. Carter .Lieutenant General, USA Acting Director