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(Studio: Peter Jennings) General Richard Secord's (ret.) testimony on first day of Iran/Contra hearings recapped. [Senator Dan. INOUYE, Representative Lee HAMILTON - discuss Secord's testimony today on roles of Colonel Oliver North, William Casey, diversion of funds, purpose of today's hearing.]
(DC: John Martin) Background to Iran/Contra scheme and its discovery, beginning with downing of Eugene Hasenfus' plane in Nicaragua, reviewed; scenes shown. [SECORD - cites catalyst to scheme.] [Former ambassador Lewis TAMBS - defs. his role in helping construct Contra airstrip in Costa Rica.] Tambs recalled claiming his orders came from Oliver North, Elliott Abrams and CIA. [SECORD - recalls discussing possibility of turning operation over to CIA with then-dir. William Casey.] Focus of continued grand jury and Congress committee investigation explained.
- Jennings, Peter;
- Martin, John
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