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EFFORT TO BLOCK LEWINSKY IMMUNITY?
The DRUDGE REPORT has been briefed on what appears to be a direct White
House attempt to thwart any immunity deal for Monica Lewinsky.
Contrary to widespread press reports, a recent meeting in Judge Johnson's
chamber had nothing to do with the Starr/Brill leak fight.
According to case intelligence, the hearing, attended by lawyers for Clinton
and Lewinsky, and Ken Starr, was called to discuss the issue of immunity for
the former White House intern.
Lawyers for the White House are said to be arguing over assurances offered
by ex-Lewinsky lawyer William Ginsburg -- assurances tied to a possible
joint defense agreement!
With Monica Lewinsky ready to deal, a well-placed source tells the DRUDGE
REPORT that legal maneuvers are being used to slow new Lewinsky attorneys,
Jake Stein and Plato Cacheris, in immunity talks with Starr.
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NEW SPIELBERG NEARLY MADE VIEWER SICK!
"I ran out of the theater, to the bathroom... I still feel like I'm going to
get sick when I think about it."
One viewer's reaction to a shock scene that comes early in Steven
Spielberg's new fuss film SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.
Industry screenings of the DREAMWORKS/PARAMOUNT release have left viewers in
shock after experiencing the absolute raw nature of Spielberg's World War II
One scene involves a solider that has one of his arms blown off in battle.
The soldier desperately searches the ground for his arm on the battlefield
-- blood gushing. After finding the limb, the solider frantically tries to
reattach the arm.
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'DRUDGE' TV PROGRAM DEBUTS ON FOX NEWS CHANNEL SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 9:00 PM ET...
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GERTH: WHITE HOUSE RETHINKING $650 MILLION CHINA SATELLITE DEAL
Thursday's NEW YORK TIMES is reporting that the Clinton administration is
now rethinking it's policy on satellite exports to China.
Reporter Jeff Gerth will break with a detailed report on one of the biggest
satellite sales to date, a $650 million deal for HUGHES SPACE AND
COMMUNICATIONS that President Clinton quietly approved two years ago.
"The Pentagon and State Department are raising new questions about whether a
Chinese-controlled company with close ties to China's military should be
allowed to buy the satellites, which contain some of this country's most
sophisticated communications equipment," Gerth is set to report.
The satellites deal involves a "commercial mobile phone network planned for
China and 21 other Asian nations."
The satellites design includes a "powerful antenna [made out of gold mesh
and a digital-on board processor] that could be used by the Chinese military
to transmit messages through hand-held phones to remote parts of China...
Antennas of these dimensions are a mainstay of America's and Russia's
eavesdropping satellites and have not previously been exported to China."
Gerth reveals that concerns about the pending satellite sale had been
deepened by classified reports involving Chinese Army Gen. Shen Rongjun, who
oversees China's military satellite programs.
"The reports quote the general as saying he was planning to emphasize the
role of satellites in gathering information," notes Gerth in his Page One
"In an unusual arrangement, HUGHES hired Shen's son, a dual citizen of
Canada and China, to work on the project as a manager. The company said it
was aware of his family ties, but it is not clear whether the Clinton
administration knew... Father and son were both directly involved in the
project, and American officials said the intelligence reports say the
general was pressing his son to move it forward."
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Talk on Publisher's Row heats for Brett Easton Ellis' new novel GLAMORAMA.
"Super models who become terrorists" is the plot. The book is the first
high-profile work from Ellis since his controversial AMERICAN PSYCHO. One
RANDOM HOUSE insider who has read the manuscript predicts movement off
shelves later this summer. Talk of movie rights swirl around the project.
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Doug Harbrecht, president of the National Press Club, has apparently lifted
himself off the mat, and is ready to try it again. As part of Freedom of
the Press Awards Day on Thursday, June 25, the Club will host a forum on the
status of journalism in America titled "O.J., Diana, Monica and Drudge: Is
There Too Much Freedom of the Press?"
On Wednesday, July 8 at 12:30 p.m., Harbrechet hosts Michael Isikoff,
investigative reporter for NEWSWEEK. A press club release notes that
Isikoff "will discuss how he broke the Monica Lewinsky story."
Harbrechet having accuracy troubles? Didn't the story first break on the
Internet? Somewhere between these lines?
"The guy didn't have the f**king story," Isikoff roared to the NEW YORK
PRESS last week. "He didn't know what the story was. To say that he broke
the story is bulls*it."
That's our Spikey.
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