The World: More Revelations on Bombing

While bombs fell in the wrong places, the dubious beginnings of U.S. military activities in Cambodia were being laid bare in Washington. Former Defense Secretary Melvin R. Laird has insisted for three weeks that he never ordered falsification of any documents to hide U.S. air and ground activities in Cambodia and Laos in 1969 and 1970. Last week, however, that flat denial apparently became inoperative. The Senate Armed Services Committee, which has been investigating what is being called "the Cambodian cover-up," released a top-secret 1969 memorandum, which showed that Laird had approved falsified reporting to hide bombing raids.

Dated Nov. 20, 1969,...

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