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US-Libyan Conflict: Intercepted Communications #102917

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 07, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) CIA director William Casey reported threatening to sue news org. that published details of Libyan communications intercepted between Tripoli and E. Berlin preceding and following West Berlin nightclub bombing; details given.

(DC: Barry Serafin) Casey's threat to "Washington Post" and 4 other publications for rpting. information on intercepted communications examined; others involved listed on screen. [April 4, President REAGAN - describes communications between Libya and its Peoples Bureau in E. Berlin.] [CASEY - claims media had made disclosure prior to Reagan's statement] Published reports noted made in part on basis of public stmts. by United States officials such as ambassador Richard Burt. [Senator Patrick LEAHY - criticizes threat to attack press; explains.] Attorney General Edwin Meese said lacking Casey's enthusiasm for suit.

Jennings, Peter;
Serafin, Barry

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