NBC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 20, 1975
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(Studio) Senate Intelligence Committee issues its report on CIA and assassination plots. No foreign leaders killed as result of assassination plots issued by US. Report issued against wishes of President Ford. Ldrs. involved in plots: Sukarno of Indonesia; "Papa Doc" Duvalier of Haiti; Che Guevera and Raul Castro, brother of Fidel of Cuba.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Cuba) There were 8 CIA plots to kill Castro and 1 plot to make his beard fall out. Plots occurred in 1960-65. Cosa Nostra, anti-Communist Cubans, and ex-FBI agent who became Howard Hughes aide involved. On November 22, 1963, CIA man offered "pen" to Cuban to kill Castro. Envoy of John F. Kennedy met with Castro the same day to improve US-Cuban relations Weapons involved in plots noted. Castro says plots failed because assassins not fanatic enough. Says United States Presidents responsible for plots because of their high office.
REPORTER: Tom Streithorst
(Studio) Report says CIA aware of plot to kill Diem of South Vietnam. CIA implicated in plot to kill Rafael Trujillo of Dominican Republican Aware of plot to kill Chilean general Rene Schneider. American officials began unsuccessful plot against Congo president, Patrice Lumumba. All of these leaders dead. REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Report sent to Senator and released. Report says no United States President ever ordered for. leader's assassination, but implied that President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered death of Lumumba. Rptd. J. Edgar Hoover briefed JFK in 1962 on CIA using Mafia figures to kill Castro. Rptd. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy pressured CIA to remove Castro; told CIA not to deal with Mafia without his approval. No President prohibited assassination until this year Report says vague language used with regard to murder. [Senator Walter MONDALE - says difficult to establish responsibility and accountability. Believe it was supposed to work that way. Americans no good at killing, lying and covering up.] Committee says law needed to make it illegal to conspire to try to murder any foreign leader
REPORTER: Ford Rowan
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