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Defense Department / Corruption Investigation / Paisley #116360

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 23, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Scope of Pentagon scandal described. Report introduced.

(DC: Bob Zelnick) Current focus of investigation of defense industry procurement scandal featured. Former Navy Secretary John Lehman said not under suspicion.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Focus of investigation on Lehman's aide, former assistant Secretary of Navy Melvyn Paisley, noted. Report introduced.

(DC: Dennis Troute) Paisley reported at center of operation that used high-level officials to get secret information out of Pentagon; Paisley's career as defense consultant and his link with aide James Gaines, who remained at Defense Department and supplied him with military secrets, explained. Story in "Los Angeles Times" about smuggling of secret documents copied by Paisley and wife Vicky and then sold to McDonnell Douglas Corporation reported Vicky Paisley's job at BDM company detailed. Melvyn Paisley's efforts on behalf of retired Admiral James Lyons with McDonnell Douglas reported Report that Air Force acquisitions chief Victor Cohen is trying to strike deal with investigators noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Paisley's job with Boeing Company noted. Report introduced.

(DC: John Martin) Info. on Paisley's background reported; stmts. from former Boeing official James Durst that he tried to warn Reagan administration of Paisley's unsavory background reported; scenes shown. [DURST - explains Paisley's efforts to get information from Pan Am, a Boeing competitor.] Durst's letter to ex-ID Governor Don Samuelson about Paisley's criminal activities quoted on screen; passing of information from Samuelson to Senator Paul Laxalt detailed; Laxalt's letter quoted. [DURST - explains meeting with Laxalt aide, Ed Allison.] Comments by ex-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and Lehman about Paisley stated. [PAISLEY - comments.]

Jennings, Peter;
Martin, John;
Troute, Dennis;
Zelnick, Bob

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