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Classified Pentagon Report #16009

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 23, 1971
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(Studio) "Chicago Sun-Times" publishes story based on classified Pentagon report
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Chicago, Illinois) "Sun-Times" story quotes memo proposing steps United States should take in helping South Vietnam gens. overthrow South Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem government in 1963. ["Sun-Times" editor James F. HOGE, Junior - says have determined documents leading to policy eventually taken.] Memos quoted already declassified; no court injunction sought by Federal Govt.
REPORTER: Kenneth Gale

(NYC) Author of "Sun-Times" memos, former Assistant State Secretary Roger Hilsman, insist memos contingency plans, not policy recommendations. [HILSMAN - says memos stated list of possible actions Diem government might take, possible responses United States could make; tells of President Johnson forming committee to select targets for bombing in North Vietnam in case decided to do so; says committee evidence Johnson would escalate rather than negotiate in crisis.]
REPORTER: Bill Brannigan

Brannigan, Bill;
Gale, Kenneth;
Reasoner, Harry

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