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Panama / Noriega / United States Role #562376

NBC Evening News for Monday, May 23, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Reagan reported sending United States envoy, Michael Kozak, back to Panama to work out deal with general Manuel Noriega. Report introduced.

(DC: Chris Wallace) [REAGAN - comments on situation.] Sources reported claiming that Vice President George Bush, White House chief of staff Howard Baker and Treasury Secretary James Baker opposing Reagan's plan to drop drug indictments against Noriega. Secretary of State George Shultz and national security advisor Colin Powell reported supporting Reagan's stance. Ousted President Eric Delvalle quoted on screen. [Panama ambassador Juan SOSA - comments on situation.] [Senator Robert DOLE - compares Noriega to Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini.] Some pols. noted agreeing with Reagan. [Representative Lee HAMILTON - says more important to get Noriega out of cntry.] White House officials quoted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Reporter Brian Ross noted discovering that documents re: Noriega's illegal activities are missing. Report introduced.

(DC: Brian Ross) Documents noted brought to United States embassy in Panama City, Panama, by attorney working undercover for DEA. Documents noted corroborating testimony of drug pilot Floyd Carlton. Other missing documents discussed. US attys. reported ready to begin grand jury investigation with regard to missing documents. [Miami DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) administration Tom CASH - comments on investigation.] Authorities quoted with regard to situation.

Brokaw, Tom;
Ross, Brian;
Wallace, Chris

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