ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 20, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: Jim Wooten) President Reagan reported warning "Washington Post" publisher Katherine Graham against publishing anything on recent "NBC News" report regarding alleged Soviet spy Ronald Pelton's sale to USSR of information on US submarine intelligence operations in USSR waters. CIA director William Casey noted asking Justice Department to investigate possible chgs. against network; his unsuccessful effort for similar criminal prosecution of media regarding interception of Libyan communiques recalled. Scenes from Monday "NBC News" shown. "New York Times", 11 years ago, and recent book noted detailing Ivy Bells operation. Similar coverage immediately prior to NBC broadcast by "Chicago Tribune" mentioned. [Senator Patrick LEAHY - thinks Casey is going after wrong person; explains.] Possible implications of President's involvement with Casey for Justice Department's current reluctance to prosecute in Ivy Bells case discussed.
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