ABC Evening News for Sunday, Sep 27, 1987
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.
(DC: Kenneth Walker) Sophia Casey, widow of CIA director William Casey. reported denying veracity of "Washington Post" reporter Bob Woodward's claim in new book that late husband made death-bed confession to him on his role in diversion of Iranian arms sale funds to Contras; details given, scenes shown. [CASEY - denies husband would have talked to anyone about his work.] Woodward's book, excerpted in "Newsweek" magazine, quoted on screen. [CASEY - accuses Woodward of lying about hospital visit with husband; notes she and/or daughter Bernadette Casey Smith were with husband at all times; cites husband's inability to speak at all.] Nurse Candace Kane's said corroborating part of Casey's allegations; details outlined on screen. Woodward's response mentioned. ["Washington Times" editor Wesley PRUDEN - calls Woodward a "clever liar."] ["New York Times" reporter Hedrick SMITH - questions propriety and credibility of Woodward's timing.] [SMITH - agrees.] [CASEY - notes husband's work excluded talking to press.]
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Woodward noted quoting Casey's alleged criticism of President Reagan as strange and passive; widow's denial husband held that view reported Attorney General Edwin Meese and then-chief of staff Don. Regan's hospital visit with Casey recalled.
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