ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 28, 1983
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(Studio) Congress reported beginning hearings on issue of polygraph tests for government employees handling classified info.; details given.
REPORTER: Steve Bell
(DC) Supreme Court ruling on former intelligence agent Frank Snepp's case involving his publication of material not previously approved by government censors recalled; background to case explained. [SNEPP - equates situation with that of South African dissidents.] Reagan administration recalled applying Snepp rule to government employees last month, requiring censorship for life of any speeches or published material they create. [Justice Department spokesperson Richard WILLARD - defs. censorship on basis of leaks.] White House dinner menu recalled considered classified information Implications of no-leak rule for all government authors and speakers, include Walter Mondale, noted; John F. Kennedy's remark on presidential leaks recalled. President Reagan's leak of intelligence photos last month also recalled. [REAGAN - produces photos.] [WILLARD - notes President is only one allowed to leak.] [SNEPP - remains skeptical, based on CIA enforcement of rule on agency critics.]
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld