CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 08, 1981
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(Studio) Current controversy faced by CIA due to its former agent Edwin Wilson illegally selling arms to Libya noted; Wilson said also linked to attempted assassination of enemy of Colonel Muammar el-Kadhafi.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(NYC) Hitmen linked with Wilson, Rafael "Chi Chi" Quintero, Raul Villaverde, Rafael Villaverde, all CIA-trained Cuban infiltration agents, discussed; photos shown, men's backgrounds outlined. Quintero's former relationship with Wilson, under guise of "Navy Task Force 157" project noted; Quintero said admitting he was still with Navy intelligence when he signed on as hitman for Wilson. [Raul and Rafael VILLAVERDE - recall Wilson approaching them, implying he was still with CIA.] Details of attempted assassination, involving Wilson associate Frank Terpil as well, examined; Terpil noted formerly Idi Amin's arms supplier. [Rafael VILLAVERDE - recalls reaction upon learning that target of assassination was to be Kadhafi's enemy.] Wilson's proposal to train Libyans in terrorist techniques cited. Former CIA operative Kevin Mulcahay noted providing information convincing CIA of Wilson and Terpil's role in Kadhafi's terrorist network; delay in CIA response to situation noted. [Former CIA director Stansfield TURNER - recalls efforts to disassociate agency from Wilson.] Remaining questions as to Wilson's relationship with numerous high level government officials considered; Turner's continued suspicion about 2 key senior CIA officers discussed.
REPORTER: George Krile