CBS Evening News for Monday, Jul 10, 1978
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(Studio) Reports in June of South Africa information minister's use of secret fund for covert propaganda recalled. Focus on United States Congress involvement in issue stated.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Details given about State Department reports that 5 Congmen., Representatives John Dent, Richard Ichord, Harold Runnels and Bob Wilson and Senator Carl Curtis, visited South Africa in 1975 and 1976 on funds allegedly provided by South African millionaire Werner Ackerman, despite State Department warnings that money came from South African government Trips using such funds noted as violations of Constitution and of For. Gifts and Decorations Act. Questions at time of trips with regard to Ackerman's relations with South African government outlined. Statements of 5 Congmen. in response to reporter's questions about issue given. Dent's description of meeting with State Department officials, re: Ackerman's position, quoted. [State Department official Richard DOLS - says State Department officials went to meeting to tell Congmen. about money situation and did in fact tell them.] Dols' present assignment with United States embassy in Wellington, New Zealand, where he was interviewed, noted; his description of Dent's attitude during meeting stated. [DOLS - says Dent gave them little opportunity to discuss this aspect of trip. Thinks there could have been little doubt in Dent's mind by end of meeting that money was from South African government] Further statements by Congmen. on additional questioning about State Department position, cited. Denial of South African information minister spokesperson that Ackerman was front for government and Ackerman's consistent denials of connection with his government stated. Strengthening of For. Gifts Act after South Korean influence scandal mentioned; Justice Department attorney's evaluation of case given. REPORER: Bill McLaughlin