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Page 14-Wednesday, July 12, 1978-The Michigan Daily
SAYS NATIONAL SECURITY IMPERILED
Carter chides Congress for information leaks
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Carter
summoned key members of Congress to the
White House yesterday to complain that
congressional leaks of classified information are
damaging national security.
Senate Republican Leader Howard Baker of
Tennessee said afterward that Carter told the y
group that reliable intelligence sources are
drying up because they fear their confidential in-
formation will find its way into news reports.
A WHITE HOUSE official, who asked not to be
named, said Carter acknowledged that the ad-
ministration itself is a source of leaks, and he
pointedly refrained from suggesting to the
legislators how they should stem their own leaks.
The official also stressed that Carter pledged
to continue supplying classified information to
Congress in line with recent arrangements to
oversee U.S. intelligence activities.
"We had a long talk about leaks," Baker said.
"Leaks are an epidemic disease in Washington,
and I suppose they'll continue to be. But if you
can't stop them, at least you ought to slow them
down."
"THE PRESIDENT cited some examples that
did in fact damage the national interest, .
primarily in the field of a new reluctance of
reliable sources to confide information to U.S. of-
ficials."
Baker said that in one example cited by Car-
ter, "a formerly reliable source indicated that he
knew of a particular situation but wasn't going to
tell us because he was sure it would get in the
press."
Baker said too many people now have access
to highly classified information. "Right now
everybody and his brother has access to the most
sensitive sort of information in the Congress, and
that's too big a risk," he said. "So I think we
have to back off and take another look at it."

SEN. BARRY GOLDWATER (R-Ariz.), said
Carter opened the discussion about leaks
because "it's getting serious."
Goldwater said the unauthorized release of
sensitive information is widespread.
"It's coming from the Pentagon. It's coming
from the Capitol. God knows where it's coming
from. If we had some idea of the exact source of
the leak we could plug it up," he said. SENS. JOHN SPARKMAN (D-Ala.) and Howard Baker (R-Tenn.) confe
President Carter yesterday where he complained to them of congressiona
were damaging national security.
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l leaks of classified information which he said
Explosion kills
180 in Spain
vive." (Continued from Page i)
Medical sources said many of the in-
jured campers, some with burns over 75
per cent of their bodies, were taken to
hospitals in Valencia, Tarragona,
Castellon and Barcelona.
Witnesses said the truck was
traveling at about 40 mph down the
highway next to the camp when the
driver apparently lost control of the
vehicle.
"IT APPEARS beyond any doubt the
tank truck overturned while taking a
bend and rolled onto the campsite
where it exploded," a police spokesper-
son said of the accident. "It appears the
truck first-hit the cement wall around
the camp and then exploded.
Earlier, officials said the truck was
filled with butane gas but later said it
was propylene, a colorless gas obtained
in the refining of petroleum.
Antonio Betancurt, an officer of the
paramilitary civil guard unit, said he
had counted 145 bodies "all burned
beyond recognition" an(; the search
was continuing for more. He said iden-
tification of the victims "is going to be
really difficult, even for their own
relativ.es-''.-.-.".

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