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El Salvador #537723

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Jun 23, 1984
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(Studio) Plot to kill United States ambassador Thomas Pickering reported linked to right-wing Salvadoran leader Roberto D'Aubuisson.
REPORTER: Connie Chung

(DC) Details of assassination plot, gaining momentum after Senator Jesse Helms urged President Reagan to fire Pickering, examined; films shown. Helms' allegations that Pickering and CIA had El Salvador's presidential elecs. outlined, quoted on screen. Amt. of campaign financing supplied to D'Aubuisson's political opponents by CIA mentioned. D'Aubuisson, following confrontation with plot details by Reagan administration, said blaming it on the left; Reagan recalled sending General Vernon Walters to warn D'Aubuisson of his personal responsibility for Pickering's safety. Reagan's alleged remarks to Helms noted denied by the Senator; details outlined on screen. Admin.'s apparent attitude toward D'Aubuisson noted illustrated by visa given him for his current United States trip after assassination plot was uncovered.
REPORTER: Fred Francis

Reporter(s):
Chung, Connie;
Francis, Fred
Duration:
00:02:30

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