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Nicaragua / United States Intervention #83709

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 14, 1983
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(Studio) Question of legality of United States efforts to overthrow government of Nicaragua noted.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(DC) [President REAGAN - claims United States is complying with law in covert operations.] Boland amendment passed last year pertaining to United States financial support for operations aimed at overthrowing Nicaraguan government recalled, quoted on screen. [Representative Peter KOSTMAYER - questions semantics of government's official stance.] [Assistant Secretary of State Thomas ENDERS - responds.] [Representative Jim LEACH - notes government's hairsplitting.] Representative Edward Boland's concerns over administration's actions noted; accusations of deputy foreign minister of Nicaragua mentioned.
REPORTER: Charles Gibson

(DC) United States Air Force said regularly using AWACS to monitor and track Nicaraguan military activities; details outlined on screen, discussed. Benefits of such reconnaissance to CIA-backed anti-Nicaraguan guerrillas noted.
REPORTER: John McWethy

Gibson, Charles;
Koppel, Ted;
McWethy, John

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