NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 13, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(DC: Fred Francis) Iran arms scandal investigation said revealing Colonel Oliver North, under direction of President Reagan, worked with Israeli intelligence officials supplied by then-Prime Min. Shimon Peres, to develop plan to rescue United States hostages in Lebanon; details given, scenes shown. As part of plan, Israel said refraining from attacking Lebanese militias loyal to Iranian-backed cleric Sheik Hussein Fadlallah. North recalled spotted on Cyprus during release of hostage David Jacobsen. Iranian liaison aiding Israeli intelligence personnel and confident of Iranian parliament speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani quoted on screen regarding captors' concern over possible CIA rescue attempt. Basis of Israel's current concern over request for that intelligence information explained.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Robert McFarlane's response to report that he lied to help protect President when scandal first broke outlined; details given.