ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 19, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(DC) "Washington Post's" release of information on upcoming space shuttle mission, deemed secret by Pentagon, and government's reaction examined; payload, spy satellite termed SIGINT (signal intelligence), noted focusing on monitoring USSR . Details given. Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger's efforts earlier in week to get news agencies to suppress information recalled. [WEINBERGER - considers "Post" story journalistic irresponsibility.] Post's response quoted on screen. [Earlier, Brigadier General Richard ABEL - claims publication of such information will harm ntl. security] [Intelligence community expert James BAMFORD - notes USSR gets its information by penetrating United States intelligence network, not from American media.] [ABC News vice president George WATSON - explains network's approach to government requests to withhold info.] [Arkansas executive Vice President Louis BOCCARDI - notes potential credibility problem for government]
REPORTER: John McWethy
(DC) Commentary concerns "Washington Post's" decision to publish info.; difference between Post's approach and that of media during Vietnam war and Watergate considered.
REPORTER: George Will
(Studio) Argument that United States press is anti-American discussed.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings, George Will