CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 24, 1975
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(Studio) Senate Intelligence Committee reports 20-yr. CIA program of opening prominent Americans' mail from Iron Curtain cntrys.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Director program, Joseph Angleton, had no apologies. CIA file incld. letters to or from Richard Nixon, Senator Hubert H. Humphrey, Senator Edward Kennedy, Senator Frank Church, Arthur Burns, Martin Luther King, Harvard University and Ford and Rockefeller Foundation. [KENNEDY - calls practice unfortunate.] [HUMPHREY - calls it outrage.] [ANGLETON - believed it important to know all about American contacts with Communist cntrys.] [Senator Walter MONDALE - asks what counterintelligence aim was achieved.] [ANGLETON - says will answer that in executive session.] Says FBI and CIA concealed from President Nixon that mail snooping had been going on for 18 years [CHURCH - asks about reason for misreping. facts to President] [ANGLETON - says no satisfactory answer.] [CHURCH - asks didn't CIA have duty to inform President] [ANGLETON - yes.] [CHURCH - says Nixon would be best witness.] Nixon proposed mail opening in 1970 and later rejected plan.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr