ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 31, 1977
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(Studio) Govt.'s charges against former CIA director Richard Helms concerning his testimony to Congress with regard to CIA involvement in Chile, Helms plea, and Justice Department recommendations in case noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Details of charges and sentencing against Helms cited; case re: Helms' testimony to Senate committee probing CIA involvement in Chile in attempt to prevent election of Marxist Salvador Allende. Exs. of questioning quoted and shown on screen; questioning Senator is Stuart Symington. Possible criticism of administration because of light charges against Helms noted, along with White House and Justice Department reasons for such charges.
REPORTER: Brit Hume
(DC) Background report on Helms career in CIA and resulting conflict re: trying him in open court Among facts noted about Helms' career are that he was in inner circle in both Johnson and Nixon admins., praise he recd. from Senators for resisting Richard Nixon's efforts to get CIA involved in Watergate cover-up, after testimony to Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and investigations of alleged CIA assassination plots, resulting in Helms' being appointed ambassador to Iran.
REPORTER: Charles Gibson