ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 07, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Iran/Contra affair reviewed. Report introduced.
(DC: Richard Threlkeld) Plan involving purchase from communist bloc of arms for Contras in Nicaragua by Israeli agents with American financial support that wound up with US-Israeli airlift delivering illegal drugs to United States featured; details given, scenes shown. Sources of story reported to be American, Israeli and Panamanian. [Anonymous American pilot "HARRY" - describes delivering arms.] Funding and purchasing of arms detailed; map shown of route from Czechoslovakia, Poland and Yugoslavia to Brazil and Panama (and strongman Manuel Noriega). [Mil. policy expert Benjamin BEIT-HALLAHMI - says Israel must have had clear understanding with President Reagan's administration] Denials by Israeli government noted. Shipping of weapons from Panama to Contra supply points in Costa Rica and El Salvador detailed; role of William Casey's CIA in deal noted; link of ex-CIA man Felix Rodriguez explained. [Ex-Noriega aide Jose BLANDON - discusses Rodriguez's role.] Smuggling of Colombian cocaine on return flights by pilots who delivered arms described. [BLANDON, "HARRY" - describe drug aspects of deal.] Winding down of this operation in 1986 recalled. Senator investigation of arms/drug deal reported
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