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(Studio) Reverend Benjamin Weir, one of 16 Americans held hostage in Lebanon, reported freed.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Reaction of Weir's family and hometown to his release featured; scenes shown. [President REAGAN - announces Weir's freedom.] [Family mbrs. Albert SWAIN, Pat WEIR - describe their reactions.] [Mae MIHELICH, Peggy SAY, Eric JACOBSEN - are encouraged by Weir's release for their relatives remaining hostages; former hostage Jeremy Levin mentioned.] Weir's kidnapping and last photograph of him released by Islamic Jihad reviewed; possible link between his release and Israel's recent release of remaining Lebanese Shiite prisoners considered. [State Department spokesperson Edward DJEREJIAN - claims administration intensified its efforts to obtain others' release.] Weir's news conference tomorrow announced; possible motive in captors' decision to release him cited.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
- Rather, Dan;
- Schieffer, Bob
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