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Mayaguez Incident / General Accounting Office Report #243168

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 05, 1976
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(Studio) House International Relations Committee releases General Accounting Office report which criticizes United States Marine rescue of merchant ship Mayaguez off coast of Cambodia. Report raises questions with regard to need of rescue, ordered by President Ford.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Report indicates rescue mishandled, contrary to impression given by Defense Department (Defense Department photos shown.) In question with regard to need for rescue, General Accounting Office study maintains information with regard to possible location of crew members didn't reach key decision makers. Defense Department report says most of crew on Koh Tang Island and Marine rescue necessary; General Accounting Office study says aerial photos show crew on fishing boat near Cambodian coast city of Kompong Song and not on Tang Island (White House photograph shown.) Other points of General Accounting Office report noted. Pentagon says General Accounting Office report interpretation of some facts questionable; key aide to Secretary State Henry Kissinger, Lawrence Eagleburger, says report inadequate and misleading.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

(Studio) Timing of report's release prior to Ford-Carter debate on foreign affairs questioned in DC. General Accounting Office is nonpartisan body under Comptroller General, who is apptd. for 15 year term; present Comptroller General is Elmer B. Staats, apptd. by President Johnson. Though report submitted to House some time ago, release held up by National Security Agency, which is president body and could have held report back for security reasons till after debate.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Pappas, Ike

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