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Achille Lauro Aftermath #540159

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 10, 1985
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(Studio) Strain in US-Egyptian relations over latter's release of Achille Lauro hijackers to PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) and general confusion over terrorists' actual whereabouts described.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) Admin.'s frustration and confusion in dealing with terrorism said illustrated by President Reagan's contradictory remarks. [REAGAN - thinks Egyptians were unaware of Leon Klinghoffer's murder when they made deal with terrorists; would accept PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) bringing hijackers to justice.] National security adviser Robert McFarlane's effort to clarify President's comment outlined. [Later, REAGAN - retracts statement; claims it was made out of anger.] [Representative Tommy ROBINSON - calls for President to take action.] [REAGAN - explains ruling out military action.] Admin. lack of information as to whereabouts of terrorists examined. [Chief of staff Don. REGAN - doesn't know their present location.]
REPORTER: Chris Wallace

(Studio) Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's courting of Arab world since assassination of Anwar Sadat thought possibly underlying his release of terrorists.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Cairo, Egypt) Circumstances surrounding hijacking and Egyptian government's contradictory stmts. reviewed in detail; scenes shown. [MUBARAK - claims negotiations began due to belief no one had been harmed.] Events indicating that Egypt should have been aware of actual situation aboard Achille Lauro reviewed chronologically; Egypt's foreign min. noted dismissing credibility of Italian Prime Min. Bettino Craxi's announcement of Klinghoffer's murder and apparently disregarding US ambassador Nicholas Veliotes' similar announcement and request that terrorists be prosecuted noted. [Voice of VELIOTES - wants hijackers prosecuted; remarks transcribed on screen.] [For. MIN. - rationalizes handling of crisis.] [PLO spokesperson Hani al-HASSAN - supports terrorists' freedom, claiming all Palestinians have right to attack Israel.] Terrorists said originally bound for Ashdod, Israel.
REPORTER: Paul Miller

(Port Said, Egypt) Departure of former hostages, include Klinghoffer's widow Marilyn Klinghoffer, examined; scenes shown. [WOMAN - describes ordeal.]
REPORTER: Fred Briggs

(Studio) Wheelchair-bound Klinghoffer's murder described
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(NYC) Reaction of victim's family featured; Ilsa and Lisa Klinghoffer's response described. [Jerry ARBITTIER - reads family's statement] [Family friend Letty SIMON - describes White House rebuff of family's call.] [Robert KANTOR, Carol and Steven HODES, Don. SAIRE, Junior - describe their ordeal.] Saire's parents said to continue with cruise. [Former PASSENGER - explains not continuing trip.]
REPORTER: Jennifer McLogan

(Studio) Upcoming items.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

Briggs, Fred;
Brokaw, Tom;
McLogan, Jennifer;
Miller, Paul;
Wallace, Chris

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