ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 10, 1980
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(Studio) Continued Politicalization of Stealth aircraft controversy by Republicans and Democrats noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) Leaks with regard to Stealth prior to Carter administration examined; positions of Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford noted. [September 9, 1980, CARTER - comments.] Leaks in 1975 and 1976, during Ford administration, Defense Secretary Harold Brown's classification of information as top secret and his revelation of affair last mo. outlined. [August 22, BROWN - announces Stealth program.] Reagan supporters said still believing that leaks compromised national security [MAN - comments.] Probability that USSR already knew of program's existence mentioned; efforts by both Republicans and Democrats to get the most political mileage out of affair cited.
REPORTER: John McWethy