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Space Shuttle Secrecy #294977

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 19, 1984
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(Studio) Condemnation of press by President Reagan and Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger for revealing alleged secret information about upcoming military space shuttle mission reported.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Spy satellite scheduled for deployment by space shuttle described. [WEINBERGER - thinks published information damages United States security] [Space specialist Marcia SMITH - notes satellite can be viewed with telescope.] TRW employee recalled selling satellite secrets to USSR in 1977. [Former CIA director Stansfield TURNER - explains potential problem with release of info.]
REPORTER: David Martin

(DC) [General Rich ABEL - claims publication of material will harm national security] "Washington Post" report on shuttle's secret payload noted. [WEINBERGER - considers report journalistic irresponsibility.] [Voice of "Post" editor Ben BRADLEE - notes limited information in story.] Info. published by Bradlee said already available in technical journals and Congress hearings. [NBC News president Lawrence GROSSMAN - explains network's decision to withhold info.] John F. Kennedy's comment on media's suppression of Bay of Pigs information recalled; press rules during Vietnam war mentioned. [CBS News president Edward JOYCE - outlines CBS guidelines on withholding data.] [James SCHLESINGER - cites lack of security within government itself.]
REPORTER: Bruce Morton

Martin, David;
Morton, Bruce;
Rather, Dan

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