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XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX TUE AUG 04 1998 21:47:58 ET XXXXX
LEWINSKY TESTIMONY COULD BE QUICK
Monica Lewinsky's upcoming grand jury testimony is not likely to take more
than a day or two, according to Wednesday's NEW YORK TIMES.
The TIMES also reports that President Clinton has "no plans to address the
public about his testimony or his relationship with Lewinsky before he
testifies, but he may do so afterwards."
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THE MANY FACES OF MICHAEL ISIKOFF
Was that really NEWSWEEKMSNBC star Michael Isikoff crowing and blowing over
HIS early reporting of Monica Lewinsky's dirty dress the other night on
The same Michael Isikoff who blasted this report for publishing "rumors" and
"innuendo" about the very same dress that he is now taking credit for
Isikoff, the dedicated NEWSWEEK reporter that bitched when he was called off
his beach vacation last week at the height of the scandal, explained to
HARDBALL's Chris Matthews on Monday night: "As you know, when it was first
reported in January, there were a lot of snickers and a lot of cynics
saying, 'Oh come on'... skeptics that the dress really existed and you had
people like Steve Brill talking about the phantom dress and how horrible it
was that the media would go with such stories. I mean, the fact is that the
dress has a lineage and, in fact, it was first discussed, first shown, by
Monica Lewinsky to Linda Tripp last--late last fall. She opened up her
closet, pointed out the dress..."
Curious. It was a man using the name "Isikoff" who first scoffed at the
notion of a dirty dress on NBC's TODAY show last January.
[Roll Tape // January 22, 1998, Thursday 7:39 AM ET]
MATT LAUER: After having looked into this story for so long, I'd like your
comment or your reaction to something Matt Drudge just said about a possible
DNA trail in this case, that -- that Monica Lewinsky has bragged to friends
that she has a piece of clothing that might contain dried semen from
President Clinton. Have you heard anything--do you have any confirmation
that it might be true?
Mr. ISIKOFF: Matt, look, there's lots of things I have heard about this and
other things. I--I...
LAUER: Have you heard that, though?
Mr. ISIKOFF: I have not reported that, and I'm not going to report that
until I have evidence that it is, in fact, true.
LAUER: You're not telling me whether you've ever heard it?
Mr. ISIKOFF: I've heard lots of wild things, as I'm sure you have. But you
don't go on the air and blab them and talk about them unless you know you
have some confidence that it's true.
Confidence came quick. Isikoff reported the dirty dress story in NEWSWEEK
two days after the above exchange on the TODAY show.
Isikoff's slam of this report -- for first breaking the dress story --
followed TODAY show host Matt Lauer's lead:
[Roll Tape // January 22, 1998, Thursday 7:35 AM ET]
LAUER: All right. Well, let's be blunt here. There's a lot at stake.
People's lives can be ruined based on this... Are you at all concerned that
you've made a mistake here?
DRUDGE: Not at all. As a matter of fact, I have exclusively reported there's
a potential DNA trail that would tie Clinton to this young woman.
LAUER: You say Monica Lewinsky has a piece of clothing that might have the
president's semen on it? What evidence do you have of that?
Mr. DRUDGE: She has bragged -- she has bragged this to Mrs. Tripp, who has
told this to investigators, it's my understanding. And currently the
independent counsel's office is furious with me for letting this go.
LAUER: But you don't have any confirmation of that?
TODAY show executive producer Jeff Zucker would tell the LOS ANGELES TIMES a
day later that the dirty dress report was reckless. "I wish it hadn't
happened," said Zucker, "but I don't regret putting him on the air because
he was an important player in this story and couldn't be ignored."
Back to you, Katie.
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SECRET MILITARY BASES
1,850 Now Employed at "Area 51"
Underground installations, ultra-secure manufacturing plants and secret
laboratories America needed to wage the Cold War are still intact despite
federal downsizing policies that have gutted many other military and
The SCRIPPS HOWARD news service is set to move a pair of features on its
circuits this weekend.
More than 1,850 federal civilian workers are currently employed at "Area 51"
in the southern Nevada desert -- most in well-compensated jobs at several
ultra-high-security facilities in and near the range.
"This really is one of the last big secret military bases in the United
States. It used to be that the Air Force tried to pretend that Area 51
didn't exist at all," Jeff Moag, a researcher for the National Security News
Service, tells SCRIPPS.
Who works at Area 51?
Non-government military observers believe that hundreds, or thousands, of
military and civilian workers who are employed in the desert facilities take
daily flights from Las Vegas airfields into the base. "Computer records
appear to confirm this," says the fascinating report.
Whatever they do At Area 51 -- officially designated the "Nellis Air Force
Bombing and Gunnery Range" on Nevada maps -- it is still done is secret.
But SCRIPPS suggests that the base is the testing grounds for America's most
secret military machines, everything from the F-117 stealth fighter to
electro-magnetic pulse weapons.
The wire also explores the super-secret Cheyenne Mountain Air Force and Army
complex in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. There are 6,658 employees there.
What exactly do they do?
Cheyenne Mountain operates military communication and navigation satellites;
it watches for the launch of any high-altitude missile system anywhere in
the world. The center also tracks more than 8,500 objects in earth orbit to
warn manned space flights of collision threats, and assists the Justice
Department and U.S. Customs in illegal drug interdiction programs by trying
to track aircraft suspected of carrying dope...
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CHECK FROM INDONESIA CASHED AT WHITE HOUSE CREDIT UNION
New evidence surfaced on Tuesday of apparent of illegal foreign
contributions to the Democratic Party in 1996.
Congressional investigators provide details of $200,000 in travelers checks
that were purchased from a bank in Indonesia, BANK CENTRAL ASIA in Jakarta,
and later cashed or deposited in the United States by associates of Charlie
Trie and Antonio Pan.
One well-placed congressional source tells the DRUDGE REPORT that at least
$50,000 of this laundered money was contributed to the Democratic National
One stray travelers check, purchased in Indonesia, was cashed at the White
House Federal Credit Union!
The deputy of finance for the DNC cashed a $5,000 travelers check at the
White House credit union in 1996, according to Hill investigators.
"We don't know if the money was given to Trie after the check was cashed,"
said one senior staffer. "We don't know if he pocketed the money. We don't
know if it was later deposited into DNC accounts. We just know it was
The travelers checks are the first hard evidence, made public, that tie
Indonesia dollars to DNC hands -- with one check clearing the White House
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