CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 06, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Contra leaders reported acknowledging receipt of funds from Swiss bank account controlled by Colonel Oliver North and General Richard Secord (ret.); details given.
(DC: Eric Engberg) Investigations into air supply network used by North to funnel aid to Contras said uncovering law violations, include State Department's humanitarian aid program as screen for North's arming of Contras; details given, scenes shown. Flight crew member Iain Crawford noted told he was working for legitimate operation, Project Hope. [CRAWFORD - recalls his orders, discovery of weapons being illegally shipped disguised as humanitarian aid, his briefing of North on mission and Colonel's comment.] [Courtesy "Nightwatch", pilot John PIOWATY, co-pilot Elmo BAKER - recall operation's primitive working conditions, Eugene Hasenfus' improvisation of parachute.] Investigations said focusing now on North, Secord and Richard Gadd. [CRAWFORD - recalls Gadd's effort to silence him.] Cancellation of Crawford's Defense Department contract after he talked about operation noted.
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