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Senate unit gets counsel in its inquiry on Casey

By WITH ANALYSIS FROM MONITOR CORRESPONDENTS AROUND THE WORLD, EDITED BY CLARA GERMANI / July 28, 1981



Washington

The Senate Intelligence Committee named Fred Thompson, A republican counsel during the Watergate hearings, to head a stepped-up investigation of embattled CIA Director William Casey. Sources said Mr. Casey will be invited to testify before the panel, which is examining the his past business dealings.

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Additional doubt concerning Casey surfaced in a report by Newsweek magazine that he approved a CIA operation to overthrow the Libyan leader, Muammar al-Qaddafi. It said the House Intelligence Committee was concerned that the plan implied the agency intended to assassinate the Libyan leader. The White House termed the report "incorrect."