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Pentagon Papers Case #24664

ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 26, 1973
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(Studio) Tomorrow defense begins to present case in Pentagon Papers trial.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Los Angeles, California) Defendants Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo are charged with espionage and stealing government secret documents. Prosecution has tried to prove releasing Pentagon Papers in 1969 would have damaged national security. Govt.'s chief witness General Paul Gorman, senior military man on Pentagon Papers project. Defense attorney has discovered number of government reports Judge rules reports tend to show defendants guilty of espionage. Gorman maintains Papers useful to foreign powers. Witness from Rand Corp., Richard Best, testifies took a year before Papers classified top secret at Pentagon. Judge Matthew Byrne indicates not pleased with prosecution. Govt. has been slow in turning over documents to court
REPORTER: Dick Shoemaker Artist: Bill Lignante

Reasoner, Harry;
Shoemaker, Dick

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