1976 February 19

Daniel Schorr Faces Charges for Leaking Pike Committee Report


Veteran, award-winning CBS reporter Daniel Schorr leaked a summary of the House of Representatives Pike Committee report on abuses by intelligence agencies to the Village Voice, which it published on February 16, 1976. Since the House had voted to not release on January 29, 1976, Schorr’s leak led to his suspension by CBS and an investigation by the House, which the House Ethics Committee authorized on this day (exactly one year to the day after it created the Pike Committee). Schorr was threatened with jail for contempt of Congress if he did not disclose his source for the Pike Committee report. He did not, but in the end the committee voted 6–5 against citing him for contempt.

The official Pike Committee has never been released, although much of its contents were leaked to the press in early 1976, even before the leak to the Voice.

Read: Daniel Schorr, Staying Tuned: A Life in Journalism (2001)

See Daniel Schorr discuss his book: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/media/jan-june01/schorr_5-29.html

Read Schorr’s FBI File: http://vault.fbi.gov/daniel-schorr

Learn more about the Church and Pike Committee investigations: Kathryn Olmstead, Challenging the Secret Government: The Post-Watergate Investigations of the CIA and FBI (1996)

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