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Lebanon / Diplomats Slain #488699

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 16, 1976
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(Studio) Francis Meloy, Robert Waring, United States diplomats, murdered today in Beirut, with their Lebanese chauffeur. Word arrives of murder, from Red Cross, as Ford was holding conference with regard to disappearance of trio.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Secretary of State Henry Kissinger leaves White House, face reflecting grim news from conference [FORD - calls act senseless, outrageous brutality; vows to seek out those responsible.] Fringe political group thought responsible, hoping to draw United States into complex war, to unite Arab world against US. New amb. to Lebanon expected to be announced soon, perhaps L. Dean Brown, who has served in Lebanon.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) State Department officers believe murders political motivated, but say United States won't be drawn into situation militarily, nor be driven out political Evacuation of Americans won't be stampeded. [State Department spokesperson Robert FUNSETH - says act won't determine evacuation of Americans] Evacuation further considered.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani

(Studio) John Chancellor calls NBC News bureau in Beirut for conversation with Don Craig.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Studio) Chancellor and reporter talk by telephone.

Brinkley, David;
Brokaw, Tom;
Valeriani, Richard

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