NBC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 12, 1976
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(Studio) Admin. begins another offensive against Washington, DC leaks. This week, New York newspaper, "The Village Voice", contains lengthy quotes from House Intelligence Cnte.'s report on CIA. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger accuses committee of "new McCarthyism."
REPORTER: John Chancellor.
(DC) Kissinger holds news conference [KISSINGER - says use of classified information in distorted manner that produces lie and documents out of context produce new form of McCarthyism. If in interests of American foreign policy, will step down. One must consider whether style of public debate would be such that any public figure can be destroyed by irresponsible and flagrant charges.] Says leaking of information hurt American foreign policy.
REPORTER: Catherine Mackin
(DC) Ford has deplored intelligence leaks for mos. He promises Speaker House Carl Albert any help he needs in dealing with problem. Press Secretary Ron Nessen says offer incls. all resources of executive branch. Nessen says Ford feels leaks came from Congress Chairperson House Intelligence Cnte., Otis Piker believes CIA member responsible. Nessen says Ford confident