Nation: Button Your Lip

Carter fights press leaks

It was scarcely the most burning issue of foreign policy. Some members of a Cabinet-level policy review committee favored selling military equipment to King Hassan II of Morocco; others on the panel feared that doing so would tie the U.S. too closely to another shaky throne. When a story about the disagreement appeared in the Washington Post last October, hardly anyone noticed—except Jimmy Carter, whose wrath led to an extreme step that no other Administration had taken to try to stop leaks to the press.

That, too, was dug out by the Post last week. Some six months after...

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