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Classified Pentagon Report #217407

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 16, 1971
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(Studio) Govt. begins legal action to regain classified Pentagon report from "New York Times"; hearing on permanent injunction against report publisher to be held tomorrow.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) ["New York Times" President Arthur Ochs SULZBERGER - believes report publisher will not damage national security.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Studio) Govt. officials warn publisher of verbatim transcripts could enable other cntrys to decipher United States code techniques. Ret. General Maxwell D. Taylor both Joint Chiefs of Staff chairperson and South Vietnam ambassador during United States build-up in South Vietnam.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [TAYLOR - opposes publisher of documents because of its deliberate betrayal of government secrets; says citizens need to know enough to be good citizens, not things damaging to their government In response to reporters' questions, points out planning for Vietnam War involvement essential. Report pub. lays foundation for bad history; sets precedent for officials betraying government secrets; harms inter- government international relations; thinks US involvement in overthrow of South Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem wrong; believes Vietnam War has helped United States discover own weaknesses.]
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb, John Hart

Cronkite, Walter;
Hart, John;
Kalb, Bernard

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