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Special Assignment (CIA and Nicaragua) #87535

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 30, 1984
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(Studio) Senator Barry Goldwater reported postponing until after election hearing on CIA manual instructing Nicaraguan guerrillas in techniques of terrorism; State Department official mentioned again denying manual is part of administration effort to overthrow Sandinista government
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Miami, Florida) Background to CIA efforts inside Nicaragua, beginning with initial stages of Reagan administration, reviewed; films shown. [Former rebel "EMILIO" - claims CIA arranged for his and others' training in Argentina in 1981 in techniques of terrorism; remarks transcribed on screen.] Later training in Honduras by CIA agent noted. [Former director Nicaraguan Democrat Force Edgar CHAMORRO - describes role of former counterinsurgency agent in Vietnam; recalls CIA agent, known as "Juanito", dressing as Viet Congress] Chamorro noted responsible for psychological warfare training with guerrillas, working closely with CIA Juanito; claims Juanito provided know-how, he the money for production of CIA terrorist manual based on Special Forces operations in Vietnam; discusses consideration of manual's semantics to avoid use of words such as "assassination."] [EMILIO - agrees.] [CHAMORRO - recalls Juanito's replacement criticizing manual's statement in writing of CIA policy; believes manual reflects philosophy of CIA in Nicaragua.] [Nicaraguan Democrat Force spokesperson Alfonso CALLEJAS - denies condoning assassinations, terrorism.] CIA mentioned declining comment; agency's initial rationale for intervening in Nicaragua recalled.
REPORTER: Peter Collins

Reporter(s):
Collins, Peter;
Jennings, Peter
Duration:
00:03:50

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