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US-Iran Arms Scandal #307549

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Nov 27, 1986
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(Studio: Charles Kuralt) Report introduced.

(DC: Rita Braver) Reports that ousted National Sec. Council (NSC) staff mbr. Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North destroyed documents regarding US-Iran arms scandal recently examined; details given, scenes shown. [NORTH - declines comment.] [Chief of staff Don. REGAN - defs. administration's delay in sealing off North's office] White House mentioned barring North's entry today; his attorney said Brendan Sullivan. Congress reported subpoenaing North, CIA director William Casey, former NSC chiefs Robert McFarlane and John Poindexter. [NORTH - declines comment.]

(Santa Barbara, California: Bill Plante) United Press International claim that chief of staff Don. Regan was fully informed from the beginning of United States arms sales to Iran from which funds were diverted for Nicaraguan Contras examined; details given, scenes shown. [REGAN - claims innocence.] Apparent scope of administration's knowledge of operation said indicated by number NSC and CIA staff members vol. to testify. [Former CIA director William COLBY - equates NSC's approach to CIA this time with Howard Hunt's manipulation of agency during Watergate.] [Former hostage Father Lawrence JENCO - comments on scandal.]

(Studio: Charles Kuralt) Report introduced.

(DC: David Martin) Investigation into role in scandal played by General Richard Secord (ret.) discussed; details given, scenes shown. [Contra pilot Edward DEARBORN - denies attacking Nicaragua; claims he's only supplying those within Nicaragua.] Secord's background and association with North as well as his retirement after link to former CIA agent Edwin Wilson reviewed; Wilson recalled convicted of supplying arms to Libyan leader Colonel Muammar el- Kadhafi. [Author Peter MAAS - notes Wilson claims Secord was part of scheme to profit from arms shipments to Egypt.] Secord's present role with Stanford Technology mentioned.

Braver, Rita;
Kuralt, Charles;
Martin, David;
Plante, Bill

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