NBC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 18, 1984
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(Studio) President Reagan reported ordering investigation of CIA manual instructing US-backed guerrillas in Nicaragua in terrorist tactics and use of political assassinations.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) President's effort to distance self from manual noted reflected in statement issued by deputy press secretary Larry Speakes, quoted on screen. Manual's instructions on political assassination outlined; its development last year during period US was mining Nicaraguan harbors and bombing ports mentioned. CIA author said Vietnam war veteran; details given. White House noted trying to claim manual was unapproved, carried out by low-level CIA employee. [Representative Thomas O'NEILL - calls for CIA director William Casey's immediate resignation.] Elec.-yr. implications for administration explained.
REPORTER: Robin Lloyd
(Studio) Latest NBC News poll of Walter Mondale's standing against Reagan outlined on screen, discussed; Mondale's response outlined. Vice President George Bush's campaign plane's second near miss detailed.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
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