The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 23, 1988-- Page 7
investigation of Wright
WASHINGTON (AP) - House
Speaker Jim Wright denied yesterday
that he revealed anything classified
when he criticized a covert CIA
operation in Nicaragua, while Re-
publicans pressed for formal ethics
and intelligence investigations of the
Wright, who has become a light-
ning rod for Democrats on Central
America policy, found himself again
embroiled in controversy for his
revelation two days earlier that the
CIA had instigated demonstrations
aimed at provoking the leftist
Managua government and sabotaging
peace talks with the Contra rebels.
The speaker repeated that as-
sertion to reporters, but contended
such CIA activity was already well
known through news reports.
"I didn't say anything that was
revealed to me as classified infor-
mation," said Wright (D-Texas).
WHILE HE denied breaking
rules against disclosing secrets,
Wright did not specify how he had
learned of the covert operation in
Nicaragua. He and other Democrats
sought to focus attention on the
administration's action rather than
the propriety of Wright's disclosure.
House Republican Leader Robert
'I didn't say anything that
was revealed to me as
- House Speaker Jim
Michel of Illinois and Rep. Dick
Cheney (R-Wyo.), chair of the
House Republican Conference, for-
mally requested investigations in
both the Intelligence Committee and
the ethics committee, which has re-
sponsibility for enforcing non-
The ethics panel, formally known
as the Committee on Standards of
Official Conduct, already is inves-
tigating Wright on unrelated allega-
IN ADDITION, a primary
sponsor of legislation to tighten
Congress' control over covert CIA
activities, Sen. William Cohen (R-
Maine) said the speaker's comments
had apparently violated non-dis-
closure rules and jeopardized the bill.
"The clear implication... is that
the speaker's statement could only
have been derived from classified
information in the possession of the
House Intelligence Committee,"
Cohen said. "The speaker owes his
colleagues in Congress and the
American people an explanation."
The controversy over Wright's
statements began Tuesday when he
said he had received "clear testimony"
from the CIA that the agency had
fomented opposition demonstrations
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