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Segment 3 (Haldeman's Version) #497497

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 16, 1978
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(Studio) Special report on H.R. Haldeman's version of Watergate and Nixon White House years as set forth in his new book. Background of early release of some highlights from book, by "Washington (DC) Post", and reaction to this by "Newsweek" magazine and "New York Times" reported Haldeman's claims with regard to Nixon's involvement in Watergate burglary and cover-up, 18 1/2 minute tape gap and that USSR asked United States to join in nuclear attack on China (Puerto Rico) and actions by Henry Kissinger and Nixon to avert this noted. Also mentioned is Haldeman's statement about role of Rose Mary Woods in tape erasure. Photos shown. Haldeman's remarks on White House taping system to counter Kissinger's logs reported Kissinger's reaction to claims with regard to USSR request for war against China and about taping system noted. Film shown. [KISSINGER - knew nothing of taping system till it was announced. Didn't keep record of all discussions.] Other conjectures made by Haldeman in book include blackmail of Nixon by Charles Colson because of statement of White House staffer Ken Clawson, possibility that CIA sabotaged Watergate break-in, that CIA may have tried to keep Nixon from using political control over agency and that Democrats may have known of break-in plans and called police. Former CIA agent James McCord mentioned. Interview of Chas. Colson by Carl Stern shown. [COLSON - doesn't believe charges of CIA plot or Democrat sabotage. Thinks Democrats should have known of break-in plans and probably had idea of what was to happen because of information given them by William Haddad with regard to equipment purchased in New York City.]
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Studio) Anchor asks Stern, who has read book, about own reaction.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Studio) Analysis of book given; is noted it's filled with theories, many of which are inconsistent with known facts. Ex. cited is charge with regard to Nixon's order for tap on telephone line of Democratic national chairperson Lawrence O'Brien because of stories O'Brien was giving out with regard to ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation) attempts to get Republicans to hold ntl. convention in San Diego.
REPORTER: Carl Stern

(Studio) Anchor asks if Haldeman did writing while in prison, without access to notes and files.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Studio) Reporter responds to question; cites other exs. of inconsistencies. Haldeman's book described as fairhanded to all, and probably written more for money than for history.
REPORTER: Carl Stern

(Studio) Other details about book, include comments on Kissinger and Nixon, outlined. Also mentioned are Pentagon papers, Daniel Ellsberg and San Clemente.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Stern, Carl

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