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Former FBI Officials' Indictments / Illegal Surveillance #257280

CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 10, 1978
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(Studio) Federal grand jury's indictment of former FBI chief L. Patrick Gray and 2 other former FBI officials due to use of illegal surveillance noted. Chgs. stated as stemming from efforts to find Weathermen fugitives in 1972.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Indictment's details concerning Gray's orders to use illegal surveillance methods against Weathermen and approval of spec. training course at FBI academy on Quantico, Virginia, reported Films and photos shown. Also indicted are former top aides Mark Felt and Edward Miller. Chgs. are conspiracy to violate civil rights of surveillance subjects. Justice Department's dropping of similar chgs. against former FBI inspector John Kearney reported [Attorney General.BELL - feels wrongdoers should be prosecuted, but also that there are circumstances where people are carrying out orders and prosecution should be restricted to those in higher levels.] [FELT - thinks it's tragic situation and that it will have adverse effect on intelligence field. Says Weather Underground is pleased.] Disciplinary proceedings planned against lower level officials and Justice Department attys. involved in break-in incident noted. Bell's report that no evidence was found that Richard Nixon or his former aides Haldeman, Mitchell and Ehrlishman knew of break-ins stated.
REPORTER: Fred Graham

(Studio) Gray's refusal to comment and Kearney's statement given.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Graham, Fred
Duration:
00:02:40

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