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Iran Arms Scandal #553053

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 08, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Senate Intelligence Committee's report on Iran arms scandal said contradicting President Reagan's initial denial that operation was arms-for- hostages; details given.

(DC: John Dancy) Committee's report, edited by CIA and White House, summarized; roles in scheme of CIA director William Casey, arms dealer Manucher Ghorbanifar, John Poindexter's "freezing out" of Secretary of State George Shultz, Colonel Oliver North, President's initial approval of operation, former national security adviser Robert McFarlane, CIA chief cnsl. Stanley Sporkin detailed. Rel. between first arms shipment and release of hostage Reverend Benjamin Weir noted; questions not answered by report listed.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: Fred Francis) Report's portrayal of North and Poindexter's reputed control of scheme examined; details given, scenes shown. Roles of Shultz, Weinberger, McFarlane, General Richard Secord (ret.), chief of staff Don. Regan, Attorney General Edwin Meese and Casey in the operation and its eventual disclosure detailed.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: Arthur Kent) Committee report's analysis of CIA's involvement in Iranian arms sales and diversion of funds detailed; include in discussion are CIA national intelligence ofr. Charles Allen, North, Ghorbanifar, CIA deputy director Robert Gates, Casey, Roy Furmark, Poindexter, Meese.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: Chris Wallace) Discrepancy between report's chronology of President Reagan's arms-for-hostages operation and President's version of events considered; Casey's push for administration's development of cover story in event scheme became public noted. Implications for administration's sense of ethics and violations of law cited.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report noted incomplete so far.

Reporter(s):
Brokaw, Tom;
Dancy, John;
Francis, Fred;
Kent, Arthur;
Wallace, Chris
Duration:
00:10:50

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