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House Speaker Jim Wright’s disclosure of a purported U.S. covert operation in Nicaragua may have violated House rules, congressional sources said. During a picture-taking session, President Reagan referred to Wright’s comments as a violation and said the Speaker had been indiscreet in telling reporters that the CIA hired operatives inside Nicaragua to stir up demonstrations against the leftist government in an effort to provoke the Sandinistas. However, the Administration refused to either confirm or deny Wright’s report. Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-Ill.), the ranking minority member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the GOP House leadership will meet with the Wright matter “high on the agenda.”


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