ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 16, 1980
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(Studio) Top officials of Carter administration said responding to reports that they had signed affidavits denying they had leaked information to newsmen.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(DC) [State Department spokesperson John TRATTNER - comments on leaks.] Richard Nixon's bugging of staff to control leaks recalled; film shown. Justice Department said allegedly giving polygraph tests with regard to Abscam leaks. President Carter's reaction to last October's "Washington Post" item with regard to cabinet meeting argument over arms for Morocco recalled; Carter reported asking FBI to investigate as well as calling for sworn statements from former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, CIA director Stansfield Thrner, national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and others saying they were not source of leaks. [VANCE - comments.] Hodding Carter's refusal to sign statement and call from State Department noted; Carter quoted on screen. FBI said also investigating "New York Times" story with regard to United States spy post in Norway to detect USSR missile tests; White House noted not confirming item. President Carter's efforts to hide any reports that cast critical eye on his policies mentioned.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory Artist: Freda Reiter