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The Michigan Daily-Friday, May 12, 1978-Page 19

Watergate
CIA link
alleged
PARIS (AP)-John D. Ehrlichman,
who served 18 months in prison for his
part in the Watergate coverup, said
Thursday the Central Intelligence
Agency may have played a role in the
Democratic headquarters burglary.
"It's an unresolved question, and I
just don't know the answer," Ehrlich-
man said in a debate taped for broad-
cast Sunday on French television and
viewed in advance by reporters.
The session brought the recently
released Ehrlichman, a senior aide to
former President Richard M. Nixon, in-
to his first public confrontation with
Robert Woodward, a Washington Post
investigative reporter whose work
helped to expose the coverup.
Both men, along with Nixon attorney
James St. Clair and former CIA Direc-
tor William E. Colby, flew to Paris for
the taping. The Ehrlichman-Woodward
exchanges were courteous.
Ehrlichman said the Watergate
burglars were associated with people
who had links to the CIA and he recalled
a meeting at which he said CIA officers,
including then-director Richard Helms,
showed concern over agency in-
volvement. Ehrlichman said it was
known the CIA loaned equipment to the
burglars.
Colby, dismissed by former
President Gerald R. Ford, denied the
CIA had anything to do with the
operation.
Woodward, whose reporting along
with fellow Post reporter Carl Ber-
nstein, won the Post a Pulitzer Prize for
his Watergate reporting, said he
worked hard to find CIA links to the
break-in but never found indisputable
evidence.

T heir day in court AP Photo
Red Brigades leaders, from front Alberto Franceschini, Renato Curcio, and Angelo Basone, enter a Turin courtro9m in
chains Wednesday. During the proceedings two Red Brigades members hailed the assassination of Aldo Moro and' were
ejected from the courtroom.

Rabbi paid off Rep.
NEW YORK (AP)-A rabbi whose a criminal information, an accusation
antipoverty agency has received to which defendants agree in lieu of an
millions of dollars from the federal indictment, as part of a plea-bargaining
government testified yesterday that he arrangement tied to his cooperation
bribed Rep. Daniel J. Flood with $5,000 with a grand jury investigation of
in return for the congressman's in- Flood.
fluence. ASSISTANT U.S. Attorney John P.
RABBI LEIB PINTER, 34, told U'S. Flannery 2nd said Pinter would also
District Judge John M. Cannella that he plead guilty to a single felony charge in
made five equal payments to Flood, a each of two federal court districts, in
Pennsylvania Democrat who is already New York's and in Pennsylvania's
under federal investigation, between easstern districts. Each involves in-
1974 and 1976 for his help in increasing come tax evasion.
the flow of federal poverty money. "I MADE payments to Congressman
Flood had no immediate comment on Flood to use his influence in his official
the allegations. capacity as a congressman," Pinter,
The rabbi oleaded guilty to bribery in the head of B'nai Torah Institute, said

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