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Approved For Release j-ij1Y_,-,1681000400290007-3 Iiv l,'illiam Claiborne nd haurenee Stern After a week of ciai iestiae melodr?aarha C??: ^. f '.e'e i'.-ilh secret code names L Oper a;:on 4nrfii;-n a.-.d covert wor'-in,, hcadquar,ei's, 1':haee oice.publisher Clay I?'e.lker went to pit's: 5, it.'i a 2-I-page supplement under ti::- titstlatin2 head!ine: "THE CIA REPORT TILE PRESL)E`;T DOES\ T WANT YOU TO READ." By the time the circumstances of the '.oice exclusive seeped to the surface they .,a- peared to be some question whether 4 as more ioiportant as a substantive scoop or a journalistic morality play. Felker. reflecting the secretive motif in the offices of New York magazine, which was :he operations center for the voice leak. said laughing "as far as I know, it landed on the. back doorstep in a basket." Both publications are directed by Felker. But other sources familiar with the hhish- hush developments of the story say that C'}3S correspondent Daniel Schorr, who covered the intelligence committee for his network, was instrumental in transmitting the report to Felker. It was also learned that a \','ashini tor- based organization of journalists, ire Reporters Committee for Freedom of The Press, had agreed to accept "passively" any cash proceeds from publication of the repo: t by arrangement with Schorr. Schorr, who recently displayed the title pate of the st it _ec douse coir.;lut'ee report on television as he' described sonle of its contents, said, }esterdav that he was obliged "to deny on the record that I have a copy of thereport." The CBS correspondent also denied that he had discussed the is avert : i thi?'eikcr "I have no knowledge of how The Village Voice acquired its copy. I had no connection with it and I do not mean by ti at to state that I have a copy." lie added that whatever conclusions viewers might gather from having s;?rh vile report's title page on the screen "is something that they are inferring." Schorr told a fellc-w C3S reporter on a CBS radio broadcast that he had a c?)rv. aeknv4.1e4i ltd Schorr also that in a conversation he had recently with a Washington Post editor he said . he possessed the House reaor t. He added, however, that he regarded it as a "business conversation" and off the record. Both Schorr and post Assistant Managing Editor Harry M. Hosenfe!d agreed that nothing w as said about the conversations being off the record. Schorr denied, on the record. ha5?tng made any approach to the reporters committee under which he 44oul i t:: sign it the proceeds from the report's distribution. The reporters cot.hrnittee a.-reed. after a telephone poll of its trustees. not to say anything publicly because of the -confidentiality? of its conversations v: ith Schorr. I'm ne. f-r go:ng co get Involved again with a bunch of re orters," said one trustee of the organization which is decdicated to promoting freedom of the press. "Off the record, it's a--tress." Schorr, it was learned, first talked with a CBS colleague and member ct the report. ers group, Fred Graham, about the financial arrangement within the past two weeks. The commentator began considering offering his exclusive copy of the report for paperback publication after it came into his possession two weekends ago. 'Dan proposed that the reporters committee receive whatever profits were generated by the sale," acknowledged. one trustee. "..-Some of the gr orip didn't want to be associated in print or any way with relea ~e of that document (but) we had no objection to a passive role" in accepting funds. Efforts by the trustees of the reporters committee yesterday to agree on a statement ended ? in a collective decision to have "no comment." ''?'e glad no objection. ho',vever, to passive rc!e.?' the trustee added. We've accepted proceeds from a variety of sources.' During the.disclsssions with the reporters committee, Schorr consulted a lawyer in New York on his legal position in making the retort public. He was advised that there was no immediate criminal liability against him although he. might he subject to con- tempt of Congress proceedings should he refuse to tell it congressional com- mittee the source of his copy. Schorr conceded that he may have made a nlistakee in showing the title page of the report to his viewers. "I guess I was tx)asting," he said. Schorr obtained access to the report, according to one authoritative account. after the House intelligence corn- mittee voted to refer the document to the house :or a publication decision. The New York Times obtained is ac- cess earlier. Schorr spcn. his limited time with the Cloctln:ent. Xeroxing rather than reading, according to the account. lie thought he and the Times both had copies until Times columnist 'a:'illiam Saiire called for help on details in the report concerning CIA in- volvement with the Kurd At that point, Schorr confided to an acquaintance, the realization began to dawn upon him that he alone was the possessor of a copy of the House document. At one point in an on-and-off- the-record c.onv;ersation,. Schorr volunteered, when asked what he intended to do with the proceeds of publication of his cop,: of the report: "On the record, I would not have been willing to benefit personally from the saleof the report but would have been willing to sign the proceeds over to a Fiat Anlendtaent- or iented group. For Felker the first in- sta!intent of Upet'. (ion Swordfish, as the resort was 'CO e-palsied, began last Thursday when he learned it was available to blip and he dispatched a staff worker to Washington to gt t a copy. Asked yesterday if he was specifically dcnyiug or refusing to comment that Schorr made it available to him. F'el ker chuckled. "I stand on what I said," he repeated. "It was left on the doorstep." There was never any debate. Felker said. against running the report. "There was a big split in Congress on what to do ... We feel, in an electiam year, this is the time to contribute to that debate.' By coincidence, the 24-pae section of excerpts was in- eluded in the Voice's first t - FE 1197,6 - experirrrental national edition. It .5as of n the thin: ICO pa y' in the weekly new paper's histor c". '?' ert he learned of the pu;;ii4atic n of the e :cero!s in the Cnice, iif.use inte!li~tnce conhrhittce chairman Oti Pike I)- ~.}(. t said he Suspected the material was leaked b the executive department to incriminate Congress. .~1.u6 r'~~. ~S rt. etc 'Approved For Rejease~2006JO4117 : CIA-RDP&8-01315R000400290007-3