The State Department said yesterday that, in an effort to control international terrorism, it has swapped intelligence information with foreign governments. It refused to say which governments, however.
The department acknowledged last week it had provided Cuba with information about Cuban refugee activities [WORD ILLEGIBLE] the United States.
During a press briefing Monday, a reporter asked: "Has it been the State Department's a policy to provide any [WORD ILLEGIBLE] dictatorships with information [WORD ILLEGIBLE] the activities of their political [WORD ILLEGIBLE] who live in the United States?"
The State Department answered yesterday in a written statement:
In our common efforts to control the threat of international terrorism, [WORD ILLEGIBLE] have in the past engaged in certain intelligence exchanges with other [WORD ILLEGIBLE]
Because of the nature of the subject matter, we cannot provide specific instances or other details, nor do [WORD ILLEGIBLE] wish to characterize the governments with which such exchanges have been effected. Circumstances of each case necessarily must be evaluated at the time.
"We would be want to draw any paralled between the situation referred to [Cuban refugees] and other possible circumstances where we have exchanged, or might wish in the future to exchange, information with other governments concerning terrorist activities."