Tovar statement

"The methodology employed by an aspiring journalist, Kathy Kadane, who authored this disturbing diatribe, was interesting and not unimpressive in its use of techniques closely akin to those often associated with active measures, or dezinformatsia, as the practice was called in old Soviet parlance. Kadane worked for more than two years ingratiating herself within the family of a former State Department officer [Robert Martens] assigned to the Jakarta Embassy during the period in question. Presenting herself as an interested student of Asian affairs seeking an understanding of what happened in 1965, she approached him as a mentor and talked with him at great length on many occasions as he described the sequence of events leading up to the crisis of 30 September. To all intents and purposes Kadane seemed to appreciate and agree with his interpretation of those events. The officer spoke of his role as the U.S. embassy officer responsible for keeping book on the rise of the Indonesia Communist Party. He recorded on 3" by 5" cards data related to individual communists and organizational entities which he gleaned from the local newspapers. Over a period of two years this had become quite voluminous. Unclassified, the material reposed in the officer's unlocked desk drawer. During the chaotic period following the coup, as the Army began to chase down PKI leaders who were by then on the run, the officer mentioned the existence of his card file to a contact in the department of foreign affairs. Reacting excitedly, he asked if the cards could be given to him for passage to his Army contacts who, he believed, were badly in need of such information.
"Acting on his own authority, the officer then gave the cards to his friend. He confided to the apparently friendly Kadane that the Army, whose intelligence coverage of the PKI was not very good, had probably found the cards to be very helpful. This evoked no reaction at the time from Kadane, and the friendly exchanges continued. A year or so later, however, her demeanor suddenly turned adversarial, and the card file story was thrown back at him with the accusation that it had led directly to the massacre of thousands of innocent Indonesians."