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CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 27, 1984
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(Studio) Fidel Castro reported releasing some American prisoners to Jesse Jackson; most said chgd. with drug-related offenses.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Havana, Cuba) Prisoners' reactions, include that of youngest Omar Ortega and Jerry Jacoby, described, shown. Jackson's remarks to prisoners outlined. [JACKSON - hopes Castro's release of prisoners will lead to normalization of US-Cuba relations] Jackson mentioned calling for elimination of International Monetary Fund. [JACKSON - praises Cuba, US, Castro.] Pol. benefits to both Jackson and Castro considered.

(DC) Jackson recalled promising to help John and Barbara Kiefer determine if their son Mark (sic) lost at sea near Cuba, was prisoner there. [Feb. 26, JACKSON - calls for Mark's return as well as Marines in Lebanon.] [Barbara KIEFER - finds waiting for news difficult.] [John KIEFER - would like to hear son's voice.] Prisoners' names listed on screen. Betty Wertz's son Robert Johnson thought among released prisoners. [WERTZ - recalls feeling Jackson would bring son home when he brought pilot back.] Reactions of families of pol. prisoners such as Jose Maderos to fact that those released are all drug offenders rather than political prisoners noted. [Gloria PULLEN - notes media led families to believe political prisoners would be released.] [WOBA spokesperson Tomas GARCIA - notes Cuban exiles feel betrayed by Jackson.]
REPORTER: Bruce Morton

(Studio) White House response to prisoner relationship and US-Cuba relations issue outlined. Admin. human rights spokesperson's denouncement of Castro quoted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Faw, Bob;
Morton, Bruce;
Rather, Dan

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