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Canal Treaty / Negotiations / Bugging and Blackmail #254172

CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 16, 1977
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(Studio) Ratification of Panama Canal treaty has further problems: possible bugging of and subsequent blackmail by Panamanian negotiators.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker appears before Senator Select Intelligence Committee and before testimony, won't respond publicly to question with regard to reported US bugging of Panamanian negotiators. Bunker does respond to question concerning report that ambassador will tell committee that no negotiators were threatened. [BUNKER - says they were never threatened.] Mtg. among Bunker, committee members and representatives of CIA lasts over 2 hrs. and chairperson is unable to answer most questions asked him. [Senator Dan. INOUYE - can't respond to questions.] Allegations are that United States used electronic listening devices to spy on Panama's negotiators, Panamanians found out about it and tried to blackmail United States delegation. It hasn't yet been learned where allegations originated and when supposed to have occurred. Senate Intelligence Committee to hold further closed mtgs. next week, with testimony from Ambassador Sol Linowitz and CIA director Stansfield Turner.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(Studio) State Department spokesperson Hodding Carter denies any blackmail threats, but refuses comments with regard to bugging.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Jones, Phil

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