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Nicaragua / Patterson #95473

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Apr 14, 1985
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(Studio) Nicaraguan President Dan. Ortega recalled claiming American Roger Patterson was killed in company of anti-government guerrillas; Ortega noted basing claim on discovery of Patterson's dog tag on corpse. Actual Patterson reported alive in Alabama.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Selma, Alabama) [PATTERSON - displays his dog tags.] Patterson's ignorance about Nicaraguan incident outlined. Ortega's presentation yesterday of another set of dog tags with identification information as that on Patterson's reviewed; Patterson recalled stationed with United States troops once in Honduras. [PATTERSON - denies entering Nicaragua.]
REPORTER: Josh Mankiewicz

(Studio) CIA and Defense Department reported denying responsibility.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Donaldson, Sam;
Mankiewicz, Josh

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