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Special Assignment (Jonestown) #63133

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 19, 1980
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(Georgetown, Guyana) Unanswered questions stemming from Jonestown massacre in Guyana examined, especially possible role of CIA; films shown. [Former aides to Leo Ryan, Jackie SPEIER, Joe HOLSINGER - accuse government of cover-up.] State Department noted still refusing officials at US embassy in Guyana at time of tragedy to testify publicly. [Representative Andrew IRELAND - questions State Department's behavior.] Possible role of Richard Dwyer, former United States embassy official in Guyana and listed as CIA agent in publication, discussed; photos shown. [SPEIER - recalls Dwyer's action during shooting.] Events surrounding massacre and currently causing suspicion of possible CIA involvement examined. [HOLSINGER - recalls White House aide's confirmation of CIA agent being on the scene.] CIA's response noted. [House For. Affairs Committee chairperson Republican Clement ZABLOCKI - comments.] Guyana's strategic importance to United States ints. and Jim Jones' alleged manipulation of events to obtain government influence outlined on screen; USSR mentioned. Guyana government of Forbes Burnham noted reversing position on situation; details given. [Representative William ROYER - attributes Jonestown tragedy to either national security or negligence.] Issues to be considered by congress investigation outlined; tape recordings of Jim Jones, made during suicide-murders, and his reference to Dwyer heard, transcribed on screen.
REPORTER: Ron Miller, Artists: Gerald Andrea, Freda Reiter

Reporter(s):
Miller, Ron;
Robinson, Max
Duration:
00:04:50

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