NBC Evening News for Friday, Sep 26, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(DC: Andrea Mitchell) President Reagan's address to National Sec. Agency in effort to raise morale of United States intelligence community after series of espionage cases featured; details given, scenes shown. [REAGAN - comments on loss of intelligence info.] Cases of Ronald Pelton, Edward Howard, Walker family ring, Vitaly Yurchenko reviewed. Concern of some over trend of recent admins. to reveal top secret intelligence information in push for their respective foreign policy goals noted; Jimmy Carter and Reagan cited as exs. Details given. [April 14, 1986, REAGAN - announces interception of Libyan communiques.] Reagan administration recalled leaking poorly translated tapes of Sovs. during KAL 007 downing. [Journalist Seymour HERSH - notes intelligence community feels pols. are trying to manipulate them for their own end.] New right-wing pressures on intelligence as well cited. [Senator Jesse HELMS - favors amendment affecting CIA.] [Former CIA director William COLBY - accuses outside pols. of exploiting issue.]