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Lebanon / Middle East / Hostages / Waite, Sutherland / Waite-North Link #335926

CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 18, 1991
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Pro-Iranian kidnappers in Beirut reported releasing hostages American educator Thomas Sutherland and British church envoy Terry Waite.

(London: Tom Fenton) Press conference of freed hostages Waite and Sutherland in Damascus, Syria, featured. [WAITE - relates what captors told him about release of other hostages; comments on terrorism.] [SUTHERLAND - jokes about Waite's trip to Beirut to free the hostages, comments on American hostage Terry Anderson.] Sutherland reported headed for the American Army hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany, and a reunion with his family; Waite said to fly back to England via a British air base on Cyprus.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) Speculation surrounding today's release of hostages and Waite's abduction featured. Waite's previous position as a hostage broker recalled; scenes shown. [In September 1985, WAITE - comments.] Waite's secret connection to Oliver North noted; North reported telling members of the Reagan administration that he had given Waite a miniature transmitter to carry on his trips to Beirut. [NORTH - says Waite was not a United States government agent.] Administration officials reported rejecting suggestions that today's release was a payback for last week's announcement that Iran and Syria were not involved in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103; December 1988 scenes of wreckage shown. [State Department spokesman Richard BOUCHER - comments.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Fort Collins, Colorado: Bob McNamara) Reaction of Sutherland's family and friends to his release featured; scenes shown of his daughters Kit Sutherland in Fort Collins, Colorado, and Joan Sutherland and of his brother-in-law at Sutherland's alma mater, Iowa State University. [Kit SUTHERLAND - expresses hope for release of remaining hostages.] [Joan SUTHERLAND - comments on her father's appearance.] Sutherland noted on leave from Colorado State University, teaching at American University in Beirut, when he was kidnapped in 1985. [Fort Collins RESIDENT - comments on Sutherland's release.]

Fenton, Tom;
Martin, David;
McNamara, Bob;
Rather, Dan

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