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Secret B-52 Bombings / Cambodia #229448

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jul 16, 1973
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(Studio) Air Force Major Hal Knight tells Senator Armed Services Committee that United States bombing in Cambodia secretly carried out early 1970 before public announcement of Cambodia involvement.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Superiors told Knight to destroy orders to bomb Cambodia and write fake reports [Senator Strom THURMOND - questions Knight on motives.] [KNIGHT - says he was in favor of bombing, but objected to false reports] [THURMOND - asks if complained to anyone about false reports] [KNIGHT - recalls questioning reports but didn't complain.] [Senator Harold HUGHES - finds no B-52 bombing report of Cambodia at time questioned. Senator Armed Services Committee knew nothing about bombing. Seems to be official deception.] Pentagon confirms Knight's story and new Air Force Chief of Staff George Brown says fake reports part of large security plan. Higher officials aware of real story. White House admits President Nixon officially approved Cambodian raids when United States recognized Cambodian neutrality.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

Mudd, Roger;
Schieffer, Bob

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