CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 04, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Panamanian general Manuel Antonio Noriega reported receiving two indictments regarding drug trafficking. President Reagan and Vice President George Bush noted being mentioned in previously undisclosed documents. Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North mentioned. Report introduced.
(DC: Rita Braver) Justice Department sources quoted regarding Noriega's indictments. [Ex-Noriega aide Jose BLANDON - tells of Noriega's drug dealings.] Reagan administration noted giving millions in aid to Noriega as intelligence source. Blandon quoted regarding Bush's call to Noriega regarding Fidel Castro and Grenada invasion. [BLANDON - discusses Grenada invasion and Cuba's role.] Bush and other White House officials quoted. Blandon noted claiming Noriega amassed great wealth through other illegal means. [BLANDON - comments on Noriega's methods.] Noriega's alleged agreement with North illustration Neither North nor White House officials noted willing to comment on accusations. Senate Foreign Relations Committee reported beginning investigation next week
(Studio: Dan Rather) Noriega quoted from interview with Mike Wallace. Report introduced.
(Panama City, Panama: Terry Drinkwater) Impact of Noriega's indictments upon Panamanians discussed; scenes shown. Noriega reported once being defender of Panama Canal. Critics quoted regarding Noriega's using mil. power to protect drug smugglers. Panamanian military units called Dobermans shown quelling domestic unrest. [Civic Crusade chairperson Aurelio BARRIA - says wants peaceful solution.] Opposition leaders' views discussed; scenes shown. Panama's economy described. "La Prensa " mentioned. ["La Prensa" president Ruben Dario CARLES - comments on lack of freedom and justice.] Noriega's spokesperson quoted.