ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 25, 1973
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(Studio) Debate over secret Cambodia bombing intensifies.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) Former Air Force Secretary Robert Seamans and Air Force Chief of Staff General John Ryan tell Senator Armed Services Committee they had no knowledge of secret raids. [SEAMANS - states he regrets supplying inaccurate information to Armed Services Committee, but someone lied to him.] [Senator Harold HUGHES - says individual behind orders to falsify reports not determined.] [REPORTER - asks if President should have lied in April 30, 1970, statement with regard to Cambodia bombing.] [HUGHES - believes President shouldn't have told American people untruths on national TV.] Defense Secretary James Schlesinger comes under tough questioning on secretiveness and bombing from members of Boy's Nation. [MBR. - asks why Pentagon found it necessary to lie to Americans] [SCHLESINGER - states many occasions call for protection of national security or diplomacy which keeps information from Americans There's no need to keep information from public after national need for secrecy ends.] State Department spokesperson Charles Bray, spking. for Rogers, says Secretary William Rogers made reference to Cambodia bombing in mtg. with Senate Foreign Relations Committee in April, 1970. [REPORTER - asks if Secretary Rogers ever told committee about sustained bombing in Cambodia.] [BRAY - says there was discussion about Cambodia, but Senators talking with Rogers never asked about extent or nature of bombing.] Senator William Fulbright and Senator Mike Mansfield take issue with Bray's version. Fulbright has no recollection of discussion between Senators and Rogers with regard to Cambodian bombing.
REPORTER: Frank Tomlinson
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