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Panama / Noriega / United States Role #321155

CBS Evening News for Friday, May 13, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Panama's Manuel Noriega quoted with regard to President Reagan's plan to drop drug indictments in exchange for general's resignation. Report introduced.

(DC: Terence Smith) Noriega quoted on screen with regard to collapse of negotiations with US. [REAGAN - refuses comment.] Attorney General Edwin Meese quoted on screen with regard to plan. [US Attorney Robert MERKLE - says government shouldn't negotiate with narco-terrorists.] White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater quoted on screen. [Senator Alfonse D'AMATO - says Noriega playing cat and mouse with US.] Division between State and Justice Depts. noted.

Rather, Dan;
Smith, Terence

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