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Tet Offensive / House / Adams #241959

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Sep 18, 1975
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(Studio) Ex-CIA agent testifies with regard to intelligence inefficiency.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Ex-CIA analyst, Sam. Adams, tells House Intelligence Committee that American troops were needlessly surprised by 1968 Tet offensive. [ADAMS - says Tet surprise stemmed from intelligence corruption. United States intelligence had downgraded enemy strength in order to show Viet Cong as weaker. Aim was to fool American public, Congress and press, but fooled selves. 7-8,000 Americans killed.] [Representative Ronald DELLUMS - asks if men killed due to falsification, ineptness and lies of intelligence.] [ADAMS - lost great many men because were unprepared. Wheeler, Westmoreland, Abrams, Rostow, Helms and Bunker knew of attempt to fool press.] Secret documents didn't show if President Lyndon Johnson knew of deception.
REPORTER: Fred Graham

Cronkite, Walter;
Graham, Fred

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