CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) The evolving story on the missile sting introduced.
(Newark, New Jersey: Deborah Feyerick) The story of the missile sting operation that landed alleged British national arms dealer Hekmat Lakhani reviewed; courtroom sketches by Christine Cornell shown. [US attorney Christopher CHRISTIE- outlines what Lakhani was working on in his missile deal & the evidence on tape in which he praised Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden.] [Lakhani's BROTHER-IN-LAW - defends Lakhani.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.
(Washington: David Ensor) The worldwide weapons market examined; scenes shown from a Russian training video of the SA-18 shoulder-launched missile; statistics cited on their use in missile attacks, mostly in Africa; scenes shown of a cache of missiles found in Iraq; details given of the missile's limited punch. [RAND's Steve SIMON- estimates the numbers available in the black market.] [Heritage Foundation James CARAFANO- says the odds on missing the plane are good.] The question of who is dealing these missiles discussed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with "Newsweek" reporter Michael Isikoff about the missile smuggling story. [From Washington, ISIKOFF - recounts the sting operation in which government informants were playing bad guys & there were no terrorists involved in the case, rather the aim was to catch a real terrorist trying to buy the missile; says government sting operations are kosher, but Lakhani likely had no terrorist connections.]