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Canal Treaty Debate / Drug Trafficking Issue #256485

CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 20, 1978
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(Studio) Resumption of Panama Canal treaty debate in Senate and Intelligence Committee briefing of some senators on charges of drug trafficking by Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos and his brother reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Details given with regard to controversy over drug trafficking charges and upcoming secret session of Senator to discuss issue. Document filed with Senator Jesse Helms outlined, include Torrijos' alleged participation. [Chas. PERCY - thinks it could be red herring dragged across trail of real Canal treaty issue.] [Robert DOLE - says it would be difficult to vote for treaty if there's evidence that leader of country involved in it participates in drug trafficking.] Statements of Senators James Allen and Kaneaster Hodges with regard to treaty quoted; is noted Hodges was named to fill term of late John McClellan.
REPORTER: Phil Jones Artist: Howard Brodie

Cronkite, Walter;
Jones, Phil

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