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ITT (International Telephone And Telegraph Corporation) Case / FBI Report #19891

ABC Evening News for Friday, Mar 24, 1972
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(Studio) FBI reports on allegedly fake or real memo of Dita Beard.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) J. Edgar Hoover reported to Senator James Eastland memo no fraud. Typed on ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) typewriter about June 25, 1971, when antitrust case active. Authenticity of signature not confirmed. Mrs. Beard to be questioned by Senators Sunday at Denver hospital.

(Studio) ABC news learns memo sent to Intertell, ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) private investigating firm. Surprise theory announced.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Studio) Investigator on basis of analysis claims memo written about January, 1972. Second investigator agrees, argues memo written in January by Mrs. Beard. Thought that memo mfgd. to link John Mitchell with antitrust settlement. William Merriam, Beard's superior, said to have urged firing of Beard earlier. Speculation advanced that Beard wrote memo for Anderson to spite Merriam. Anderson's secretary, Opal Ginn, and Beard said to be friends. Photo of Beard, Anderson, and others at party thought link to Anderson papers with regard to Pakistan war expose.

(Studio) Loopholes in latest ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) story cited.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Dita Beard, Opal Ginn, and Irving Davison said frequenters of Sheraton Carlton lounge. Davison denies signing statement he saw Beard and Ginn drinking together. Another man says he introduced the pair in January, 1972, for 1st time. Anderson comment on photograph said facetious. Anderson claims Beard verified memo. Criticizes FBI handling of memo.
REPORTER: Bill Zimmerman

Clark, Bob;
Gill, Bill;
Smith, Howard K.;
Zimmerman, Bill

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