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Wire Taps / Nixon / Kissinger / Halperin #42126

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 10, 1976
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(Studio) Richard Nixon deposition with regard to wiretaps during his administration filed in fed. court, with regard to Morton Halperin suit against Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Issue: responsibility for tapping Halperin phone; Nixon or Kissinger?
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Nixon deposition notes telephone taps began in 1969, after news leaks with regard to widespread bombing in Cambodia during Vietnam bar. Nixon version of channel for tapes: Kissinger or Alexander Haig, to J. Edgar Hoover, to John Mitchell. Nixon said Hoover suggested names to tap. Kissinger version says Hoover suggested to Nixon names be tapped and Nixon okayed taps. Halperin disputes Kissinger version. [Former Kissinger aide Morton HALPERIN - assesses situation with regard to Kissinger or Nixon responsibility.] [KISSINGER - refuses to discuss the matter as it is in court Calls representation inaccurate with regard to both his and Nixon's statements.] Halperin and others seek $3 million for taps. Nixon and Kissinger due to be called to testify.
REPORTER: Charles Gibson

Gibson, Charles;
Reasoner, Harry

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