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Prisoners of War Release Rumor #459698

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 05, 1971
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(Studio) Sweden newspaper reports Scandinavian Airlines System to fly 187 US POWs to Europe; United States government denies story; man responsible for requesting SAS plane interviewed.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Stockholm, Sweden) SAS confirms newspaper story, but says flight cancelled after story appeared.
REPORTER: Robert Hager

(W. Germany, Europe) Busman. claims responsibility for setting up SAS charter flight. [Unidentified BUSMAN. - says has been setting up flight last 2 weeks; no American organization involved in arranging flight; flight called off because connections disturbed by unwanted publicity; project didn't involve transfer of United States pilots to US.]
REPORTER: Robert Hager

(Studio) North Vietnam denies prisoners of war release report
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Paris, France) North Vietnam peace negotiator Xuan Thuy calls report product of over ripe imagination. [US spokesperson Stephen LEDOGAR - says United States negotiators urged Communists to clarify positions.] Communists- maintain no United States POWs will be released until United States withdrawal date set.
REPORTER: George Lewis

Chancellor, John;
Hager, Robert;
Lewis, George

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