CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 21, 1976
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(Studio) In Washington, DC bombing today, car carrying former Chilean ambassador to United States, Orlando Letelier and 2 others explodes; Letelier and woman associate killed, woman's husband injured. Letelier had been foreign minister last mos. of Chile President Salvador Allende's Marxist government
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Details of bombing noted. Letelier dead at scene, Ronni Moffitt dies at hospital and husband, Michael, injured. Letelier was director of Institute For. Policy Studies; Mrs. Moffitt also employed there. Letelier critic of present Chile government and stripped of citizenship 6 days ago; authorities won't speculate on political motive for bombing, but Letelier's co-workers say involvement of Chilean secret police suspected. [Co-dir. of Institute Richard BARNETT - says pattern of conduct by Chilean intelligence agencies bears serious investigation by proper authorities.] Chilean ambassador to United States Manuel Trucco denies government involved in crime. [TRUCCO - says it's false and hopes United States authorities will investigate.] Trucco says Chile government will cooperate fully with FBI, Treasury Department and local police investigations.
REPORTER: Richard Roth
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