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Reagan doesn't want USIA chief to resign

President Reagan does not want Charles Wick, director of the US Information Agency, to resign because of the revelation that he secretly tape-recorded telephone conversations. Mr. Wick has admitted recording phone conversations for several months, but said he stopped when he became concerned about whether he was breaking the law.

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White House spokesman Larry Speakes said he thought Mr. Reagan ''generally would not approve of'' taping phone conversations. ''It's not done at the White House,'' Mr. Speakes said, adding with a smile, ''since 1974,'' in reference to Richard Nixon's secret taping of telephone and Oval Office conversations.

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