ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 23, 1974
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(Studio) Over wkend., "New York Times" reports CIA engaged in widespread violations of charter in late 50's and early 60's. President Ford orders Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to obtain report with regard to matter. Richard Helms was director of CIA during period under question.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Capitol Hill) Congress reacts to allegations of domestic spying by CIA. [Senator John SPARKMAN - regards whole situation as improper.] [Senator Stuart SYMINGTON - says CIA should be thoroughly investigated.] [Senator William PROXMIRE - suggests former director Helms be recalled from ambship. to Iran and fired. Wants Attorney General to probe allegations.]
REPORTER: Bob Clark
(Studio) State Department says Kissinger has asked Helms for report on allegations.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) [State Department spokesperson Robert ANDERSON - states Kissinger unaware of alleged domestic surveillance by CIA.] As head of former President Nixon's National Security Council, Kissinger should have been aware of any large-scale intelligence-gathering operations.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel
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