Press: CIA vs. ABC

Trying to punish a network

The two-part investigation, broadcast to viewers of ABC's World News Tonight last September, was bizarre by any measure. Scott Barnes, who has sometimes presented himself as a "paramilitary expert," claimed he had taken a job as a prison guard in 1983 at the request of the CIA to watch Ronald Rewald, a Honolulu investment counselor who is under indictment for defrauding approximately 400 investors of $22 million. Barnes said that the CIA then told him, "We gotta take him out." According to the ABC show, Rewald's company had provided cover for several CIA operations, including the arrangement...

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