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A former President must pay

In order to plug news leaks about the conduct of the Viet Nam War, President Richard Nixon in 1969 ordered illegal telephone taps on 17 Government of ficials and journalists. Last week, seven years after he was pardoned of any criminal charges arising from his tenure, a divided Supreme Court determined that Nixon is liable for civil damages to one of those whose privacy he had violated.

The suit was filed by Morton Halperin, who, as an aide to National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger, was suspected of leaking information...

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