ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 20, 1975
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(Studio) Senator releases Senate Intelligence Committee's report with regard to CIA foreign assassination plots.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) White House fought to prevent report's release to avoid national embarrassment. Names in report not CIA agents, but officials and Mafia contacts. Committee decided United States involved in plots to kill Fidel Castro of Cuba and Patrice Lumumba of Congo. Details of plots cited. Rafael Trujillo killed by Dominican dissidents involved with CIA. Guns used to kill him not supplied by US. Re: Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam, CIA aware of plot to overthrow him but not to kill him. CIA knew of plot by other gens. to kidnap Chilean chief of staff, Rene Schneider. United States didn't supply guns used to kill him. Report cites that on November 22, 1963, CIA agent passed on poison to kill Castro while emissary of President John F. Kennedy met with Castro to discuss better US-Cuba relations Kennedy assassination noted. No evidence President ever ordered assassination, though some wished aloud. CIA Director Richard Helms and assistant director Richard Bissell take most criticism.
REPORTER: David Schoumacher
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