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Panama / Noriega #319734

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 10, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Senator's For. Relations Committee hearings regarding Reagan admin.'s ties to Panamanian general Manuel Antonio Noriega discussed. Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, Fawn Hall, Admiral John Poindexter, and Vice President George Bush reported being mentioned during hearing. Report introduced.

(DC: Rita Braver) Ex-Noriega aide Jose Blandon reported denying Poindexter asked Noriega for assistance in invading Nicaragua. [BLANDON - (thru translator) says no mention was made of invading Nicaragua.] Blandon noted claiming North persuaded Noriega to allow Contra training in Panama. Blandon quoted. [Voice of Senator John KERRY - asks if was introduced to woman with North at meeting] [BLANDON - (thru translator) says woman introd. herself and left.] Senator staffers reported claiming Blandon said woman was Hall. Hall noted denying meeting North noted refusing comment. Blandon mentioned reaffirming Bush called Noriega hrs. before Grenada invasion to warn Fidel Castro of passing United States forces. [Senator Alfonse D'AMATO - comments on Noriega's usefulness.] Bush noted denying call to Noriega. [Noriega's former pilot Floyd CARLTON - (thru translator) says nothing was done without Noriega's approval.] Noriega's attorney quoted.

Braver, Rita;
Rather, Dan

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