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Panama / Noriega #320062

CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 05, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Miami, Florida, indictments reported asserting Panamanian general Manuel Antonio Noriega turned country into drug-smuggling base. US officials noted conceding Noriega won't be extradited for trial. Report introduced.

(NYC: Mike Wallace) Noriega quoted. [NORIEGA - (thru translator) says didn't commit crimes.] Noriega's critics quoted. Noriega's alleged crimes discussed. [Senator Alfonse D'AMATO - says Noriega has turned army into criminal enterprise.] Noriega's initial criminal activities described. [Pilot Floyd CARLTON - (thru translator) says Noriega authorized all actions.] Carlton quoted regarding Noriega's switch from guns to drugs in 1982; details given, scenes shown. [CARLTON - (thru translator) names Noriega's charges for smuggling.] Noriega's money- laundering enterprise outlined. [D'AMATO - comments on laundering.] [CARLTON - (thru translator) comments on how much Noriega worth.] [Senator Jesse HELMS - comments on Noriega's role as CIA contact and connection to Cuba's Fidel Castro.] Noriega reported passing Castro's secrets to CIA and CIA's secrets to Castro. CIA's payments to Noriega mentioned. [HELMS - denigrates Noriega.] Noriega noted at end of lucrative situation with US. Noriega quoted regarding possibility of fight to retain power.

Rather, Dan;
Wallace, Mike

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