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Canal Treaty / Congressional Hearings / Intelligence Activities Reports #254325

CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 26, 1977
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(Studio) Secretary of State Vance testifies to Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Defense Secretary Harold Brown and General George Brown testify to House International Relations Committee, re: Panama Canal treaty. There is additional development and potential scandal concerning just-completed negotiations for treaty.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Has been learned that Senate subcommittee has subpoenaed former United States Army sergeant, Hor Rodriguez Brustmeyer, to determine if he was involved in any way with alleged sale of United States intelligence information to Panamanian authorities. Senate subcommittee on Separation of Powers has also subpoenaed representatives from Defense and Justice Depts. and directors of FBI and CIA. Senator James Allen says he understands former sergeant can supply important information Senate Intelligence Committee says no United States intelligence activities affected talks, but won't say if any spying actually occurred, if Panamanians did anything that could be interpreted as blackmail and if American military man sold information to Panamanians. Background on Brustmeyer, who served in Canal Zone and has been living in Brooklyn, New York, noted. Traveling in London, Panama leader General Omar Torrijos says he's never heard of Brustmeyer, doesn't know of any United States spying on Panama and at no time have Panamanians threatened US.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

Cronkite, Walter;
Jones, Phil

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