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Special Assignment (CIA) #65772

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 29, 1980
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Controversy surrounding CIA in 1975 due to revelations of assassination plots, secret wars, surveillance of Americans recalled. Murder of CIA's Athens chief Richard Welch said singular event changing course of agency's future; alleged role of "Counter-Spy" magazine in Welch murder examined. [Representative Les ASPIN, Center for National Sec. Studies spokesperson Morton HALPERIN - comment on Welch assassination and CIA's benefit on Capitol Hill from it.] Investigation headed by Representative Otis Pike and reporter Daniel Schorr's release of copy of investigation report recalled. [Former CIA agent David PHILLIPS - notes counterprod. effect of Schorr's intentions by releasing report to "Village Voice."] President Carter's campaign promise re: agency mentioned; his appointed of Ted Sorensen as CIA chief and Sorensen's subsequent withdrawal recalled. Lack of charter draft by current agency head Stansfield Turner noted. [PHILLIPS - comments on Carter administration's attitude toward intelligence community.] Boost to CIA's prestige by seizure of Americans in Iran and USSR invasion of Afghanistan cited. [January 23, CARTER - calls for removal of restraints on intelligence gathering.] [March 11, George BUSH - suggests strengthening CIA.] [April 1, Ronald REAGAN - supports stronger CIA and FBI.] Demands of CIA with regard to more freedom for agency listed.

Hume, Brit;
Reynolds, Frank

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