NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 15, 1971
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(Studio) South Vietnam General Ngo Dzu denies Representative Robert H. Steele charges of his involvement in drug traffic,
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Saigon, South Vietnam) [DZU - denies involvement in drug traffic; challenges Steele to present proof.] Sources make claims: Dzu framed by higherups; drugs brought in by South Vietnam Air Force with blessing of South Vietnam Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky, who needs money for Presidential campaign; South Vietnam police bribed to allow drug distribution to continue; police commander raising money for South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu's Presidential campaign; Lieutenant General Dang Van Quang, Thieu's adviser and campaign fund raiser, said to be involved in drug traffic; Dzu believed scapegoat to satisfy United States demand for drug crackdown; drug situation unlikely to improve until GIs leave South Vietnam.
REPORTER: Phil Brady