Tim Weiner: Adam Malik was a CIA Agent
Monday, 01 December, 2008 | 16:18 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:Despite the polemic caused by his book, The New York
Times senior journalist, Tim Weiner, said he is still convinced that Adam Malik
was an agent recruited by the CIA. "It is possible that an agent is not aware
that he has been recruited," Weiner said. Tempo journalist, Wahyu Dhyatmika,
interviewed Weiner by email.
Weiner explained that in his book Legacy of Ashes- History of the CIA, there is
a quote from a document dated December 2, 1965, which cited an approval by US
Ambassador Marshall Green to secretly pay Adam Malik Rp 50 million to fund the
Gestapu Eradication Action Committee operation. "Ambassador Green called the
payment 'the black bag operation'," Weiner said, noting that this was a code
used in the US Foreign Affairs Department for a secret CIA operation.
Weiner said the documents spoke for themselves. "It is obvious that the US
considered Adam Malik as an agent to work for that operation."
When asked if there was any written evidence from Adam Malik to confirm the
request, Weiner admitted he had never seen such ocument.
However, he said there was another document that confirmed Adam Malik's role as
an agent. The document was a telegram sent in November 4, 1965, that read 'Adam
Malik and the others, which we know from CAS and other reports to have contacts
with Army chiefs, may be saved to work for the period after Sukarno." CAS was
the code given by the Office of the Secretary of State's to refer to the CIA.
"All this proved that Adam Malik worked as an agent for the US, through the
CIA, during the period of 1965 - 1966."
The Indonesian government, the House of Representatives (DPR) and Adam Malik's
family have denied Tim Weiner's accusation. "As vice president, I regret this
publication," Jusuf Kalla said, recently. "I don't believe it. It's impossible
that Adam Malik was a CIA agent."
Besides the documents, Weiner's accusation was based on his interview with a
CIA officer, Clyde McAvoy, in 2005. To Weiner, McAvoy claimed that he had met
with Adam Malik in 1964 and recruited him as an agent. "He was an Indonesian
officer with the highest position we ever recruited," McAvoy said, as quoted by
Weiner on page 330 of his book.