ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 25, 1978
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(Studio) Details of article in "New York" magazine by former assistant to Henry Kissinger, Michael Ledeen, given. His claims that United States officials have become concerned about possible presence of Soviet agent in top position of administration or CIA outlined.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(No location given) Details of "Washington Quarterly" editor Ledeen's report on information given him on this matter by member of intelligence community given. [LEDEEN - describes test carried out by CIA in attempt to discover if Soviet agent exists in top levels of government; says response to test indicates this is so.] Theft of KH-11 satellite system manual among other things noted as prompting test. [LEDEEN - outlines other occurrences that indicate unusu. pattern of activity, include defection of major agent in Romania. Had been told by former CIA dirs. few mos. ago that CIA is unique in West intelligence orgs. in that it has never been penetrated; says former dirs. no longer discuss this or make such claim.]
REPORTER: Ted Koppel
(DC) [Former CIA director William COLBY - doesn't believe there's Soviet agent high in intelligence community of US. Says intelligence agency is always conducted on basis of possibility that one `is there.] CIA's initial refusal to comment and later statement on report noted; denial of test of top government officials reported Senate Intelligence Committee probe of matter mentioned. Former CIA director Richard Helms' statement quoted. Carter administration refusal to comment publicly stated; private comments with regard to President Carter's image cited.
REPORTER: John Scali