NBC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 01, 1973
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(Studio) Testimony yesterday in Pentagon Papers trial of Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo indicated secret reports on Papers and their effect on national security removed from Pentagon files. Defense attys. say reports concluded release of Papers had no effect on national security.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Los Angeles, California) Prosecution case rests on contention release of Papers damaging to national defense Lieutenant Colonel Edward Miller made studies on effect of release of Papers in 1971 when government preparing case against Ellsberg. Conclusions of his study rejected by Pentagon. Miller's boss, Chas. Hinkle, was told to dispose of study, Miller testifies. Prosecutor Nissen puts Hinkle on stand. Hinkle denies he was told to get Miller study out of file; denies writing memo about it. Under cross-exam., says at least he has no recollection of such things. Defense attys. will move for case dismissal.
REPORTER: Frank Bourgholtzer