In the American courts, there were further moves yesterday (Saturday) to prevent new revelations about U.
SV Washington Post attorney, Roger Clark, leaving court and making statement to press.
SOF STARTS: "Well, obviously I'm disappointed........
SOF ENDS: "....we print it."
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: CLARK: "Well, obviously I'm disappointed in the case. I think they're raising a principle here that's very important and that any restraint on the right of the press to print news which is in the public interest will......if it's going to encroach this much then I'm disappointed at that. We're convinced that there's nothing in there that could remotely damage the national security interests of the United States. If there were any doubts about it we wouldn't print it."
REPORTER: "And you suggested to the court that ultimately it might not work; that this document is in circulation; others have it and it will appear elsewhere. Is that right?"
CLARK: "That's been the history of all documents that get started, that they pop up in all places. I have no evidence at this point of anything particular in mind, just what's happened in the past."
REPORTER: "Your copy was a Xerox......both copies...isn't that what you said in court?"
CLARK: "I believe it is."
REPORTER: "Where was it obtained?"
CLARK: "I won't answer that. But we are determined that this information that came into our possession was news; there is a public need to be informed about news; our policy is once we get the news we print it."
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Background: In the American courts, there were further moves yesterday (Saturday) to prevent new revelations about U.S. involvement in the Vietnam war. The Washington Post newspaper -- like the New York Times, which started publishing secret Pentagon war files -- was temporarily barred from filing a third instalment of the secret dossier.
Though a district court judge had refused to grant an order against the Post on Friday night, he was overruled a few hours later by the 2-1 decision of a higher three-man Appeals Court. Further legal developments are expected on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Post's attorney Roger Clark said after the second hearing that, despite temporary disappointment, he was sure the Pentagon files would ultimately be published.