ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 03, 1973
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(Studio) Radio Hanoi says American POW's lying about being tortured in order to get promotions. Controversy developing over whether peace groups visiting Hanoi had something to do with prisoners of war mistreatment.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) POWs say were forced to meet with antiwar groups such as those of Jane Fonda, Ramsey Clark, William Sloane Coffin and Cora Weiss. [Colonel James KASLER - says was tortured and forced to meet with peace groups. POW's and delegations were given set of questions and answers in advance.] [COFFIN - says regrets going to Hanoi if visit resulted in torture, but feels torture was in retaliation for bombing, and not connected with peace group visits.] [FONDA - says POW's lying.] [KASLER - says 95% POW's tortured.] [FONDA - says POW's looked healthy and talked extensively about their medical care as POW's.] [Colonel Fred. CROW - says in 1969 POW's were in very bad health.] [KASLER - says has no animosity toward Vietnam people, but hates Communists& guards who ran prisoners of war camp.]
REPORTER: Roger Peterson
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