CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 10, 1985
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(Studio) Whereabouts of Palestinian terrorists who hijacked Achille Lauro cruise ship and murdered passenger Leon Klinghoffer said unknown; scenes shown. President Hosni Mubarak's claim terrorists have left Egypt said disputed by United States intelligence; PLO's continued denial of involvement and President Reagan's conflicting stmts. on situation mentioned.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) President's initial remark on PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) chairperson Yasir Arafat's possible punishment of hijackers and later retraction examined. [In Chicago, REAGAN - would accept Arafat's punishment of terrorists.] [Later, REAGAN - retracts statement; claims earlier remark was made out of anger.] His response to high school student's question regarding military retaliation outlined. [REAGAN - explains refraining from attack.] [Representative Tommy ROBINSON - suggests President's State Department be renamed the capitulation department] [Senator Alfonse D'AMATO - feels Egypt has acted irresponsibly in light of amount of United States aid it recs. annually.] Admin.'s belief that Mubarak is lying considered.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
(Cairo, Egypt) Marilyn Klinghoffer shown leaving Achille Lauro; her murdered husband noted recovering from recent stroke. [MUBARAK - blames ship's captain for not telling officials of killing.] [For. MIN. - rationalizes Egypt's handling of hijacking.] Egyptian officials' delayed discovery of Klinghoffer's murder detailed; terrorist recalled announcing murder to Syrian officials the previous day. Question of Egypt's freeing of terrorists without investigation considered. [Voice of United States ambassador Nicholas VELIOTES - announces Klinghoffer's death; asks staff to relay information to Egyptian foreign minister and file request that Egypt proscute terrorists; remarks transcribed on screen.] [For. MIN. - conts. rationalization.]
REPORTER: Doug Tunnell
(Studio) Question of United States involvement in arranging safe passage for terrorists said unclear. Israel reported claiming proof the hijacking was work of PLO, not a splinter Palestinian organization, and that chairperson Yasir Arafat was involved. [For. ministry spokesperson David KIMCHE - explains inability to publicize evidence; claims Arafat was involved in hijacking from the beginning.] Arafat's discussion today with Algerian and Tunisian officials over fate of hijackers considered; PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader thought en route to Senegal. Details given.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) United States intelligence said receive information early on that 1 American had been killed and thus discounted ship captain 's claim that all were well; such info said noted shared with President Hosni Mubarak before he negotiated end of hijacking [President REAGAN - claims Egyptians were unaware of murder at time of making deal with terrorists.] United States preparations for possible military intervention outlined, discussed. [General Edward MEYER (ret.) - explains importance of rapid military action in terrorism.] Possibility of stationing United States Delta strike force overseas to reduce time lag in responding to terrorist attacks mentioned.
REPORTER: David Martin
(Studio) Italian foreign minister Giulio Andreotti's explanation for granting go-ahead to Egyptian government for terrorists' release outlined.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
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