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Downey Release / China-US Relations #227555

CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 12, 1973
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(Studio) CIA agent John Downey released from China after 20 years in prison.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Hong Kong) CIA has never revealed details of Downey's capture. China says he and CIA agent Richard Fecteau were smuggling spies in and out Manchuria. Fecteau released 16 mos. ago. 2 American Pilots still held by China due to be released Thursday [DOWNEY - thanks China for releasing him early. Thanks President Nixon and Henry Kissinger for their efforts.] Downey released earlier than expected so could see critically ill mother.
REPORTER: Don Webster

(Studio) Downey's mother to be told of son's release before he arrives.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Webster, Don

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