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Administration, Congressional Reaction / CIA Project #481813

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 19, 1975
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(Studio) Congress reaction to Project Jennifer follows, Senator Mike Mansfield says he learned of operation 4 or 5 mos. ago. Sovs. silent about story.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(White House) Official administration position on CIA project is no comment. Press Secretary Ron Nessen refuses to answer questions about any aspect of story. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger makes no comment.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Studio) Congress reacts. Admiral Hyman Rickover says useful information could be learned even from old Russian submarine.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Capitol Hill) Senator CIA watchdog committee not informed of project. [Senator Stuart SYMINGTON - thinks different leadership needed if they won't ask approval of Congress for such projects.] [Senator Robert BYRD - says he learned about operation 2 mos. ago; believes CIA action legitimate.] [Senator Barry GOLDWATER - believes it was CIA's duty to collect such intelligence info.] [Senator Frank CHURCH - thinks $350 million lot of money for raising 18 year old submarine.]
REPORTER: Catherine Mackin

(Studio) Whole CIA operation discovered after burglars broke into Howard Hughes' office and stole his secret file.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Los Angeles, California) Elaborate burglary blows entire CIA project. [Policeman Harold WEBSTER - describes burglars' system of getting into safes.] 1 document stolen apparently detailed Project Jennifer. Someone tried to sell papers back to Hughes, but he refused; then part of papers were offered for sale to television script writer. Used car salesman indicted for break-in and extortion.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit

(Studio) After burglary, rumors began circulating about CIA operation. Los Angeles "Times" printed story on topic early in February CIA director William Colby appealed to other news organizations not to run story.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brokaw, Tom;
Chancellor, John;
Mackin, Catherine;
Pettit, Tom

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