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Decision 1984 / Jackson #537803

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 27, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Havana, Cuba) Jesse Jackson's meeting with United States prisoners released to him by Fidel Castro, primarily chgd. with drug offenses, featured; films shown. [JACKSON - announces release; notes some will face legal consequences in US.] Pol. defeats for Jackson in Castro's selection of prisoners for release discussed; Bay of Pigs veteran Andres Vargas Gomez noted only Cuban political prisoner freed. Proposals agreed upon by Castro and Jackson pertaining to US-Cuba relations, Angola, and family reunification outlined on screen, discussed. Jackson's trip to Nicaragua tonight mentioned.
REPORTER: Jamie Gangel

(Studio) White House reaction to prisoner release outlined.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Miami, Florida) Reaction among Cuban exiles here to Jackson's trip and prisoner release examined; films shown. Maria Vargas Gomez cited as example [Andres VARGAS GOMEZ - is pleased with release.] [Maria VARGAS GOMEZ - notes she and husband have remained close.] Gomez said denying husband was ever CIA spy as chgd. by Castro. [Maria DIXON - views father's release as act of God, not political gesture.] [Cuban EXILES - interpret Castro's decision as public relations] [Cuban Democrats spokesperson Luis LAUREDO - believes Castro outsmarted Jackson and exiles.] Criticism of Jackson by major Cuban radio station commentator mentioned; US Customs said screening released prisoners when they arrive due to their drug offenses.
REPORTER: Dennis Murphy

Brokaw, Tom;
Gangel, Jamie;
Murphy, Dennis

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