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Vietnam / United States Aid #297586

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jun 18, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(San Francisco, California) Upcoming Senator investigation into possibility that money sent by Vietnam refugees in United States to their relatives in Vietnam is extorted by that government examined; undercover film of transaction shown. [US Customs investigator William CASSIDY - discusses role of underground currency collections systems targeting Vietnam refugees in US.] Findings of Customs' Operation Victor outlined on screen, discussed. [TRAN Ngoc Nhan - feels refugees are exploited by communist Hanoi.] [LE Thi Ahn - describes letters sent by relatives in Vietnam appealing for money.] [Senator William ARMSTRONG - feels system has become principal form of hard currency for Vietnam government] [Vietnam ambassador to United Nations Hoang Bich SON - (thru translator) denies government is extorting money.] Est. amount involved mentioned. [CASSIDY - notes number suspect indivs. or operations identification in US.] Questions arising over Customs' mysterious sudden end to Operation Victor and denial that program ever existed considered.
REPORTER: Barry Petersen

Petersen, Barry;
Rather, Dan

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