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(Studio: Dan Rather) Captured United States mercenary Eugene Hasenfus reported going on trial Monday in Nicaragua; details given.
(DC: Eric Engberg) Contd. criticism of President Reagan's Nicaraguan policy as evidence mounts linking CIA to Hasenfus' downed Contra supply plane examined; details given, scenes shown. [Senators Robert DOLE, Tom HARKIN - debate resolutioncalling for investigation.] No. previous Contra supply flights of Hasenfus and fellow crew members William Cooper and Wallace Sawyer, killed in crash, noted. [Salvadoran President Jose Napoleon DUARTE - denies plane was linked to his cntry.] [October 15, assistant secretary state Elliott ABRAMS - denies United States government supported missions.] [Representative Gerry STUDDS - questions administration's account of events.] Max Gomez, former CIA agent and associate of Vice President George Bush, said identification as director of Contra supply flights based in El Salvador. State Department said acknowledging Gomez's association as well with United States ambassador in El Salvador.
- Engberg, Eric;
- Rather, Dan
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