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Canal Treaty / Senate Hearings / Secretary Brown and Gen. Brown / Spying Reports #254344

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 27, 1977
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(Studio) Administration sends top Defense Department officials to Senate Foreign Relations Committee to testify in favor of Panama Canal treaty.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Senator Dick Clark notes charges that joint chief of staff members are being pressured into favoring treaties in hopes of advancing military careers. [General George BROWN - states it's wrong to say only reason joint chiefs support treaty is because administration has decided on it; has personally worked to get it.] [Naval operations chief Admiral Robert LONG - has had no pressure on self to form opinion.] [CLARK - notes seriousness of charge.] [Defense Secretary Harold BROWN - says this kind of charge is insult to senior military officials; believes it's not helpful to debate. Notes Clark doesn't share in making charge.] Basic arguments of Defense Department in favor of treaty noted.
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb

(Studio) New developments surface with regard to allegations of United States spying few years ago on Panamanians negotiating treaty.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Has been learned from high Senator source that United States military man was taken into custody after transmitting United States intelligence information to Panamanian officials; American is so far unidentified. Details of reports on matter noted; man allegedly part of United States intelligence operations dealing with Panama and also under pay of General Omar Torrijos. Activities were discovered in part by person inside Panamanian government who was hired by United States to provide information on Panamanian leaders Location of Army sergeant allegedly involved isn't known, but informed sources do say name of man subpoenaed by Senate subcommittee on Monday, Hor Rodriguez Brustmeyer, doesn't match name of man involved in latest revelations with regard to spying incidents.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

Cronkite, Walter;
Jones, Phil;
Kalb, Bernard

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