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Panama / Noriega / United States Role #115531

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 12, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Yesterday's rumors of agreement between United States government and General Manuel Noriega on plan in which he would step down from power in Panama reviewed. Report introduced.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) Reaction to possible deal with Noriega featured. [Senators John KERRY, Alfonse D'AMATO - criticize Reagan administration] White House chief of staff Howard Baker said describing deal as "plea bargaining." Details of proposed deal, include dropping of drug indictment, outlined on screen. [Panama ambassador to United States Juan SOSA - says Noriega should leave now.] Opposition to plan from Attorney General Edwin Meese and others inside administration noted. [DEA spokesperson John LAWN - says can't negotiate with drug trafficker.] Stmt. from Leon Kellner, lawyer who got Noriega indictment, quoted. [Governor Michael DUKAKIS - says administration is desperate to get out of situation.] Alternatives to this deal discussed.

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter

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