CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jul 19, 1973
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(Studio) Pentagon recently admits secret bombings in Cambodia in 1969 and 1970 Former Secretary Defense Melvin Laird says he ordered bombings to be kept secret but knew nothing about falsifying records.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Pentagon) Pentagon spokesperson Jerry Friedheim first said Strategic Air Command gave orders for falsifying records but retracts statement later. [FRIEDHEIM - states special rpting. system needed to get correct info. to those who needed to know while protecting sensitive diplomacy. Not a question of falsifying reports] [REPORTER - asks if Laird approved inaccurate reports of bombing since he did know of accurate reports] [FRIEDHEIM - states Laird did know. All who should have known about operation knew.] Pentagon omitted secret raids in report to Senator Armed Services Committee Authority behind this omission is being probed. Admiral Thomas Moorer, chairperson Joint Chiefs of Staff,says the administration didn't approve omission. Dep. Secretary William Clements, former ranking civilian official at Pentagon, has no comment on omitting secret raids from report
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
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