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Mideast News Coverage / FBI Investigation #287644

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 23, 1983
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(Studio) President Reagan reported ordering FBI investigation of news coverage of Mideast.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Santa Barbara, California) President order for investigation thought stemming from news leak over United States strategy in Lebanon; Justice Department inquiry noted covering cabinet and White House officials. [REAGAN - declines comment.] FBI said already questioning Secretary of State George Shultz, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, chief of staff James Baker and former national security adviser William Clark. Robert McFarlane's statement on Marines' use of air strikes in Lebanon and Reagan's reaction to news leak recalled. [Edwin MEESE - claims President is concerned over criminal violation of leak; believes press coverage could have jeopardized McFarlane's life and/or mission.] Possibility of Reagan ordering another investigation of leak of today's story since FBI investigation itself was classified noted.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

Rather, Dan;
Stahl, Lesley

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