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Television / Williams Investigation / A Discussion #1078898

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Feb 12, 2015
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(Studio: John Berman) New questions about the claims made by NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who has been suspended for 6 months, introduced; details given about the May 2011 story of the raid in Pakistan that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden% & his relationship with a SEALs team. [In 2013, 2011, 2012, with David Letterman, WILLIAMS - recounts receiving a piece of the fuselage from the helicopter blown up at bin Laden's compound; talks about the special operations team that he had flown into Baghdad with; jokes about his flight with SEAL team 6 in Iraq & the knife he was given.]

(Studio: John Berman; Phoenix: Peter Bergen) Williams's accounts of being "embedded" with SEAL team 6 in Iraq, whether he received a copter piece & SEAL knife, how the helicopter was blown up at the end of the bin Laden raid discussed; SEAL officer quoted.

(Studio: John Berman) Live discussion held with retired SEALs member "The Last Rescue" author Howard Wardin & Syracuse University professor Robert Thompson about the Williams story. [WARDIN - says Williams would not be on a helicopter with a SEALs team.] [THOMPSON - doubts Williams will be able to return to the anchor/managing editor chair; suggests he created a parallel fictional life on Letterman's show.]

Berman, John;
Bergen, Peter

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