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Italy / CIA Funds / Government Collapses #242724

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 07, 1976
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(Studio) Rptd. CIA funneled $6 million to anti-communist pols. in Italy as Italian government collapses.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Intelligence sources say information about Italy situation leaked after CIA Director William Colby briefed House International Relations subcommittee December 9.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

(Italy) Colby tells committee that President Ford and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger felt anti-communists should be aided after communist election victories. Representatives Wayne Hays and Leo Ryan oppose plan. Ryan glad to see program stopped.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr (narrates)

(DC) Press Secretary Ron Nessen refuses to comment on whether stories about bankrolling foreign pols. true or false or how President views propriety of such practices. Ford said angered by allegations in print. To stop security leaks, administration may limit number of Congmen. who get information about sensitive matters.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Italy's minority coalition government collapses when socialist support in parliament lost.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Rome, Italy) Premier Aldo Moro and cabinet resign. Crisis has nothing to do with CIA funds. Socialist party's pullout from parliament caused crisis. Christian Democrats, Republicans and Socialists deny reports of CIA financing June `75 film shown. In eyes of everyone, incling. Communist party leader Enrico Berlinguer, this is unnecessary crisis. Effects of government collapse noted.
REPORTER: Winston Burdett

Burdett, Winston;
Mudd, Roger;
Schieffer, Bob;
Schorr, Daniel

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