ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 26, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) President Reagan's version of Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North's role in United States-Iran arms operations recalled.
(DC: John Scali) CIA's role in arms shipments to Iran, prior to President's authorization of such shipments, detailed; scenes shown. NSC's alleged cover for use of CIA plane, involving Israel, under auspices of Southern Airways (sic) described. [Southern Air Transport office and logo are shown.] CIA director William Casey said acknowledging agency's back-up role for secret NSC operations led by North. Implications of CIA's role considered.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Questions under investigation summarized.
(DC: Bob Zelnick) First United States approval for arms shipments to Iran said resulting from July 1985 London meeting of Robert McFarlane and Israel's foreign ministry director general David Kimche at home of Israeli arms dealer Yaacov Nimrodi; details given. Apparent roles of Saudi billionaire Adnan Khashoggi and United States General Richard Secord (ret.) explained; direction for operation said passing to North and former Israeli Prime Min. Shimon Peres' terrorism adviser Amiram Nir after President Reagan approved arms shipments. Israel's past help to United States for arms shipments to Guatemala and Honduras &training of sec. and counterintelligence officials in Honduras and El Salvador noted. Apparent complexity of United States-Iran-Israel-Contra operation and implications for North's sole knowledge of events considered.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Tel Aviv, Israel: Dean Reynolds) Pol. upheaval here for Peres over scandal and Israel's role while he was Prime Min. examined; details given, scenes shown. Knesset debate described. Peres' denial of Attorney General Edwin Meese's claim that Israel transferred funds to Contras this year noted. Size of deposit into Swiss bank account last year of Iranian arms payments, made by private Israelis, discussed. Roles of Israeli businessmen Yaacov Nimrodi and Al Schwimmer, later replaced by Israeli government with then-for. minister spokesperson David Kimche and Amiram Nir, associates of Yitzhak Shamir and Peres, respectively, described. United States contacts said identification as North and Secord.
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