ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 07, 1969
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(Studio) Naval officer says Pueblo commander should have destroyed secret papers in 1 hour; previously determined 2 hrs. elapsed before North Koreans took ship. Bucher attorney asks Pentagon ofr. John Williams if put destruction of classified documents before crew lives. Williams says it's matter of judgment.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(Coronado, California) Chief engineer Gene Lacy testifies requests for additional equipment turned down by Navy. Pueblo orders ambiguous. Admiral Frank Johnson protested uncovering ship's guns. Admiral George Cassell says destruction devices inadequate. No assistance available for Pueblo. Commander Lloyd Bucher decides not to shoot back or scuttle ship. Didn't discuss disabling ship's engines. Admiral Cassell says rescue plans not executed by DC.
REPORTER: Bill Brannigan
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