Lobbying Through Leaks

Weinberger's warning letter attracts too many readers

The Cabinet members cheering Ronald Reagan's triumphant return to Washington from Geneva last week provided the appearance of an Administration united behind his summit success. Such homecoming harmony, however, was preceded by internal rivalries that lasted right up to the President's departure for his first meeting with a Soviet leader and threatened to undermine his negotiating credibility. Reagan was furious when he learned that a letter from Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, urging him to hang tough on arms control, had been leaked to the New York Times and the Washington Post. The President's mood did not improve after an unidentified White...

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