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Prisoners of War Release Rumor #219030

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Aug 05, 1971
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(Studio) Report by Sweden newspaper of release of United States POWs plan denied by many sources.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Stockholm, Sweden) Last month man rptdly. chartered Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) plane to carry 187 passengers from Vientiane, Laos, to Rome, Italy, for $80,000. SAS says man cancelled plane after newspapers reported story. [SAS spokesperson Mogens RASMUSSEN - says man agreed to pay in full before flight; doesn't know if flight might take place later.]
REPORTER: John Laurence

(Studio) Paris peace negotiators react to story.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Paris, France) North Vietnam negotiator Xuan Thuy calls story product of someone's excessive imagination; warns, if President Nixon refuses to set US withdrawal date, list of POWs will get longer.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin

(Studio) White House denies story.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [White House news secretary Ronald ZIEGLER - says United States never involved in, never knew of plan; United States didn't charter SAS plane.]
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint

(Studio) Committee of Liaison member Mrs. Cora Weiss says, if story hoax, is cruel game to play with POWs' families.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Laurence, John;
McLaughlin, Bill;
Pierpoint, Robert

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