The Nation: A Kissinger Connection?

Reporter Peter Peckarsky: "[Have you] retained counsel in preparation for a defense against a possible perjury indictment?"

Secretary of State Henry Kissinger: "I have not retained counsel, and I am not conducting my office as if it were a conspiracy."

That tense press conference exchange last week underscored a persistent problem for the Secretary. He is undamaged by the main Watergate scandals, but his credibility has been nicked nonetheless. The reason: he has appeared to be less than candid about his role hi the White House efforts to plug leaks of national security secrets...