ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 20, 1978
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(Studio) Frank Snepp noted as one of several former CIA officers who have published books about experiences. Report is on Snepp's trial in Alexandria, Virginia, on civil chgs. that he violated contract with CIA by publishing book.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Alexandria, Virginia) Snepp's book reported to be about United States withdrawal from Saigon and is stated that it contains no classified information Chgs. stemming from Snepp's alleged violation of contract in not getting book approved by top CIA officials outlined; Snepp's response to chgs. stated. [SNEPP - thinks issue is whether or not former agent can responsibly criticize CIA and not suffer retribution.] Court proceedings reported, include exchanges between Snepp attorney Mark Lynch and Judge Oren Lewis. Testimony of former CIA director William Colby quoted. [CIA director Stansfield TURNER - thinks central issue in case concerns CIA controls that will persuade others that agency is reliable organization with which to work.] Govt.'s reasons for feeling that win in Snepp case is necessary outlined.
REPORTER: Tim O'Brien Artist: Freda Reiter