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Spanish Bases / United States Leases #202777

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 25, 1969
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(Studio) American leases to 4 military bases in Spain due to expire tonight. United States and Spain representatives discuss leases.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Torrejon Air Base, Spain) B-52 bombers, intercontinental ballistic missile raise questions of Spanish bases' necessity. Spain says Russian fleet presence and Mideast situation changes bases' important 2 air bases working, 1 on standby, and a Polaris submarine base in South Spain. For new lease, Spain asked for $700 million military aid and mutual defense commitments. Spain sensitive about debate. Didn't allow anything Spanish to be photographed. Spanish and American spns. couldn't talk about bases or negotiations. Limited military commitment started Vietnam War.
REPORTER: David Culhane

Cronkite, Walter;
Culhane, David

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