"Leon Panetta, the CIA director being considered on Thursday for the position of Secretary of Defense, had a previously undisclosed personal and friendly relationship with Hugh DeLacy, a prominent member of the Communist Party USA. DeLacy visited such countries as China and Nicaragua and was himself a personal contact of identified Soviet spies Solomon Adler and Frank Coe and accused spy John Stewart Service. Panetta spoke at DeLacyâ??s memorial service, directed a series of letters to him personally as â??Dear Hugh,â?? and placed a tribute to him in the Congressional Record."
"One â??Dear Hughâ?? letter from then-Rep. Panetta to DeLacy offered a summary of a report on U.S. military operations that Panetta said was â??unavailable for distribution.â?? Panetta concludes the March 24, 1977, letter, â??If there is anything I can do for you in the future, Hugh, please feel free to call on me.â??