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Secret Cambodian Bombing #471593

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 25, 1973
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(Studio) Nixon administration faced with another credibility problem. Involves secret Cambodian bombings before American troops were sent into the country. Secret bombings never revealed to former Air Force Secretary or high military officials. Congress and Americans not informed until a few days ago.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Senator Armed Services Committee conducts hearings into secret bombings. Air Force Chief Staff General John Ryan testifies he didn't know about secret bombings when they happened because he was only 2nd ranking officer in Air Force. After promotion to chief of staff Ryan was told truth. Former Air Force Secretary Robert Seamans claims he was never told truth and didn't realize he prepared phony bombing reports to Congress [SEAMANS - says he doesn't like to think he supplied inaccurate information to Congress Bombing was considered too sensitive to tell Seamans. False reports handled by joint Chiefs of Staff. Believes service secys. should be more involved in operational matters.] Several Senators agree that chain of cmd. should be rearranged.
REPORTER: John Cochran

(Studio) Exiled Cambodian Prince Norodom Sihanouk is quoted in "New York Times" as saying he never agreed to bombing. Admin. has said Sihanouk wanted bombing kept quiet. Senator Mike Mansfield denies Sihanouk mentioned Cambodian bombing to Mansfield as State Department suggests. Dispute in DC over Secretary of State William Rogers ` statements to Senate Foreign Relations Committee re: Cambodian bombing. Committee says Rogers told them United States not bothering Cambodia, but State Department states Rogers mentioned Cambodia while admitting Rogers didn't volunteer information
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Reporter(s):
Chancellor, John;
Cochran, John
Duration:
00:03:50

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