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1984 Vote / Jackson #90549

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 27, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Havana, Cuba) Fidel Castro's release of some American prisoners to Jesse Jackson examined; films shown. [JACKSON - informs prisoners of their return to US.] Prisoners said representative variety of criminal chgs., with Julian Martinez Rodriquez and Omar Ortega being oldest and youngest prisoners, respectively. [JACKSON - notes prisoners will face United States judicial process.] [PRISONERS - give their name, person in United States to notify.] Cuban political prisoner Andres Vargas Gomez said also released to Jackson. [JACKSON - believes prisoner release is signal from Castro of his desire to normalize relations with US.]
REPORTER: Kenneth Walker

(DC) Jackson's success in getting Lieutenant Robert Goodman released by Syrians said making Reagan administration wary of belittling his freelance diplomacy; State Department noted emphasizing that Jackson's original intention was to obtain release of Cuban political prisoners. Those released said all criminal prisoners, some facing chgs. in US, with exception of one Cuban CIA agent. [State Department spokesperson John HUGHES - cites drug chgs. against some.] [Assistant secretary state Elliott ABRAMS - claims Castro is racist.] Department's reaction to Jackson's call for formal US-Cuban relations outlined. [HUGHES - accuses Cuba of exporting revolution to Central America.] Castro said apparently willing to discuss return to Cuba of undesirables coming to United States during 1980 boatlift now rather than after fall elecs.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(No location given) Reaction of Cuban exiles in United States to Castro's release of US prisoners examined. [Tomas Regalado's radio talk show CALLERS - criticize release; feel deceived.] [Cuban-American Democratic chairperson Luis LAUREDO - feels Jackson's mission failed; explains.] [Jose Poyo's brother Robt POYO - is pleased with brother's return.] Reaction of family of Robert Kiefer to realization that he will not be among released prisoners noted; father John Kiefer of Allentown, Pennsylvania, shown.
REPORTER: Stephen Geer

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Geer, Stephen;
Jennings, Peter;
Walker, Kenneth.

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