ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 23, 1977
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(Studio) Revelations with regard to CIA payments to Jordan's King Hussein and possibly other international leaders and president Carter's order to stop practice noted. Carter is questioned with regard to issue in news conference today.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) [CARTER - says some reports recently, with regard to CIA activity are erroneous, some have some degree of accuracy. Says he's found nothing illegal or improper, but if, in future studies soon to be done, such is found, he'll stop it and tell American people about it.] Carter says he admits this is making Americans rely on someone else's idea of right and proper action, but that in intelligence operations, some secrecy needed. [CARTER - stresses and explains need for secrecy.] 1 reporter asks what President's response would have been if story had broken during campaign. [CARTER - says he doesn't know.] Other topics of discussion are federal funding for congress campaigns, relations with Cuba and human rights; with regard to latter, Carter says he doesn't want to single out USSR and then speaks of Uganda. [CARTER - says recent actions in Uganda have disgusted world; notes British consider asking UN to go into country to investigate persecutions of those at whom Idi Amin has become angry.] Comments of Canadian prime minister and Senator minority leader re: Carter's outspokenness on human rights noted.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
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