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US-Nicaragua Relations / Hasenfus Trial #306959

CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 20, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Managua, Nicaragua: Mike O'Connor) Opening of Eugene Hasenfus' trial here featured; Hasenfus recalled sole survivor of US-based supply plane bound for Contras. [Sally HASENFUS - wants husband released.] Hasenfus recalled admitting his role in CIA operation to supply Contras. [Courtesy "60 Minutes", HASENFUS - denies being mercenary; explains his role in mission.] Former Attorney General Griffin Bell said believed advising Hasenfus' Nicaraguan attorney Possible deal resulting in Hasenfus' pardon mentioned.

(DC: Eric Engberg) Support for Hasenfus in his hometown noted; details given, scenes shown. [Attorney Ernie PLEGER - seeks defense funds for Hasenfus.] [Assistant secretary state Elliott ABRAMS - denies United States has violated law.] [Representative Lee HAMILTON - disagrees.] Long-term CIA agent Max Gomez, adviser to Vice President George Bush and praised by Salvadoran army, noted focus of one of Congress's investigations. [Courtesy "60 Minutes", HASENFUS - describes Gomez's role in his mission.] Evidence garnered from Hasenfus crash verifying his allegations outlined on screen, discussed.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(DC: David Martin) Evidence taken from crash of Hasenfus' plane said leading to General Richard Secord (ret.), now a Pentagon consultant, and his apparent role in coordinating El Salvadoran-based Contra operations; details given, scenes shown. Defense Department said confirming Seacord is member of special operations policy advisory group despite Reagan administration's denial of US involvement in Contra operations.

Engberg, Eric;
Martin, David;
O'Connor, Mike;
Rather, Dan

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