ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 05, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(NYC) Extent of United States aid to Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie following World War II examined; former counterintelligence ofr. Earl Browning noted ordering Barbie's arrest in Bavaria in 1947. Photos shown. [BROWNING - was amazed that field agents wanted to use Barbie as informant; wanted to arrest him; was told Barbie disappeared.] State Department's inquiry of German high commissioner John McCloy in 1949 as to why Barbie had not been turned over to French agents noted. [Former United States agent John WILLMS - recalls French reaction to Barbie.] McCloy said denying records of French request for Barbie's extradition; McCloy's lack of memory about incident now noted. [Former French resistance fighter and United States intelligence agent Michel THOMAS - recalls standard policy about such war criminals.] [BROWNING - notes use of former Nazis as agents in Germany, but not of the stature of Barbie.]
REPORTER: John Martin
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