THE CIA: Prying into Mail, Plotting Murder

"Let's get one thing clear right away," declared the angry chairwoman, flashing fiery eyes at the uncomfortable witness. "Opening the mail of a lawyer representing a client is clearly illegal."

CIA Director William Colby drummed his fingers on a table and fidgeted. He avoided the legal issue, but did not deny that CIA agents had frequently opened the mail of his accuser, New York's bellicose Congresswoman Bella Abzug. Nor could he if he had wanted to. Lawyer Abzug had demanded that the CIA turn over its file on her, and purged of what Colby considered sensitive items, it now lay...

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