CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 05, 1977
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(Studio) Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings with regard to Panama Canal treaty center on leaked United States diplomatic cable.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Senator Robert Dole had released classified State Department cable earlier and in hearing, Senator John Glenn criticizes action. Dole had read cable to committee , claiming it proves Panamanians and Americans don't interpret defense provisions of treaty in same way. [GLENN - asks if Dole made effort to get cable declassified before release.] [DOLE - says no.] [GLENN - asks if Dole asked for executive session of committee , since document was classified.] [DCLE - didn't think it was necessary.] [GLENN - asks if Dole feels he can declassify material, act usually reserved for originator of material.] [DOLE - says yes, in this case. Says Senate has right to explore problems of treaty and he doesn't intend to rubber-stamp it.] [GLENN - says Dole misunderstands him; isn't trying to rubber-stamp anything, but where material is classified, there is reason. Says there could be numbers of other cables supporting other positions, yet cntry.'s opinion on treaty is being swayed by 1 unofficial thing.] [DOLE - doesn't want to compromise interest of country and won't vote for treaty because someone says it should be done so without changes. Will take consequences if it takes this to alert public and committee ] Dole later says member of Senator Ethics Committee told him State Department had called with regard to possible action against him; State Department official, while critical of cable's release, says he knows of no such call.
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb
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