ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 20, 1979
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(Studio) Texas electronics company owner and millionaire H. Ross Perot's report that he set up prison break in Iran that freed 2 of his employees and became largest such break in history noted. Perot's offer to ransom 3 United States POW's from NUN recalled.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(Dallas, Texas) Storming of Iranian prison by Khomeini supporters on day that Bakhtiar government fell reported to have appeared spontaneous freeing of fellow revolutionaries; film shown. Among those in prison noted to have been William Gaylord and Paul Chiapparoni. [PEROT - reports arrangements made with Iranian revolutionary leaders to free employees from prison, after conclude that he'd get no help from United States government Gives details of escape team's flight through Turkey.] Escape said engineered by Colonel (ret.) Arthur Simons, who led unsuccessful 1970 effort to rescue American POW's near Hanoi, Vietnam. [SIMONS - comments.] State Department refusal to comment on event noted. Possible legal action against Perot and others by United States and Iran outlined.
REPORTER: Bob Sirkin (WFAA newstape)
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