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Helms / Government Charges / Senate Testimony #491127

NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 31, 1977
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(Studio) Details cited of deal struck between administration and former CIA director Richard Helms concerning Helms' incomplete testimony to Senator about CIA involvement in Chile. National security considerations, if case had gone to trial, also noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) [Attorney General Griffin BELL - notes concerns with regard to trial, given national security considerations. Refuses further comment.] Press Secretary Jody Powell quoted on President Carter's stand on matter. Details of deal noted. [BELL - responds to question with regard to deal.] [HELMS - refuses comment.]
REPORTER: Ford Rowan

(Studio) Division at Capitol with regard to Helms case noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Background report on Helms and on CIA involvement in Chile. Details of Helms career, 1st in CIA, then as ambassador to Iran, cited. He was allegedly model for CIA director in television series "Washington: Behind Closed Doors." CIA action in Chile in attempt to keep Marxist Salvador Allende out of office, Helms' testimony to Senate Foreign Relations Committee and eventual military coup in Chile detailed. (Films shown.) Comments on national security interests, made by Justice Department and by Helms, quoted.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit

(Studio) Similarity between Helms case and that of former attorney general Richard Kleindienst, in connection with Watergate testimony to Senate committee , cited.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Pettit, Tom;
Rowan, Ford

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