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Panama / Noriega / United States Role #321140

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 12, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) President Reagan's plan to drop drug indictments against Panama Manuel Noriega so general would leave country discussed. Report introduced.

(DC: Bill Plante) White House sources quoted with regard to Noriega issue. [White House chief of staff Howard BAKER - denies deal in effect.] White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater quoted on screen with regard to plea bargain. [Senator Alfonse D'AMATO - criticizes deal.] [Representative Leon PANETTA - comments on ineffective drug policy.] [Attorney General Edwin MEESE - refuses comment.] Justice Department officials reported opposing administration's suggestion to drop drug charges. Leon Kellner, United States attorney who brought charges against Noriega, reported going to Washington, DC to express concern. [DEA administration John LAWN - describes situation.] [Michael DUKAKIS - criticizes Reagan policy.] [Jesse JACKSON - describes situation.] Republicans reported fearing situation disastrous. White House and State Department officials noted defending proposal. Federal judge presiding over case noted asserting indictments can't be dropped without his consent.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Panama City, Panama: Juan Vasquez) Noriega's negotiators reported wanting removal of hundreds of United States troops from Panama. Noriega's negotiator Romolo Escobar quoted. ["La Prensa" ex-ed. Roberto EISENMANN - describes situation.] [Noriega attorney Neal SONNETT - says indictments bargaining chip.] Critics quoted with regard to Noriega's increasingly harsh treatment of opponents. [Opposition leader Ricardo ARIAS CALDERON - comments on Noriega's punishment of opposition.] Negotiations discussed. Noriega quoted.

Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan;
Vasquez, Juan

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