ABC Evening News for Monday, May 16, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Disclosure by ABC News of secret operation run by Americans and Israelis to support Nicaraguan Contras prior to network established by Oliver North recalled; smuggling of weapons from Soviet bloc and smuggling of drugs back into United States recalled. Report introduced.
(NYC: Richard Threlkeld) Chgs. that office of Vice President George Bush was involved in that secret operation reported [BUSH - calls it old, tired material.] Stmt. and evidence from Richard Brenneke linking operation to Bush advisor Don. Gregg detailed. [BRENNEKE - says Gregg was in charge of Central American account] [Former aide to Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega, Jose BLANDON - names Gregg.] [BRENNEKE - says Gregg told him not to be concerned with drug smuggling.] Response by Gregg and Bush's office noted. Memos shown revealing Gregg was at least aware of Central American operations. Bush's role in President Reagan's war on drugs at that time noted.
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