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Canal Treaty Debate #497406

NBC Evening News for Friday, Feb 10, 1978
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(Studio) Contd. Canal treaty debate in Senate noted, include plans for upcoming secret session to hear charges against Panamanian leader
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Details given with regard to charges that Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos and/or family were involved in drug trafficking. Film shown. Earlier info. given to Senate Intelligence Committee by DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) and Committee's rejection of it reported Senator Robert Dole's charges with regard to DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) report and need for entire Senator to consider matter cited. Audio tape Played. [DOLE - questions Torrijos' trustworthiness if he's involved in drug trade.] [Jacob JAVITS - responds to questions on Torrijos' activities.] [Robert BYRD - says issue must be decided on merits or demerits of treaty, not on peripheral issues.] Decision with regard to secret session noted.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch Artist: Betty Wells

Chancellor, John;
Savitch, Jessica

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