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Nicaragua / United States Policy / Vesco Connection #95581

ABC Evening News for Friday, Apr 19, 1985
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(Studio) Nicaraguan President Dan. Ortega thought prepared to make overtures to his political opponents as United States Congress vote on aid to anti-Nicaraguan guerrillas nears.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Contd. Capitol Hill lobbying of administration examined; efforts today of amb. to Nicaragua Harry Bergold cited as example [Senator Edward ZORINSKY - questions administration's efforts to overthrow government with which it has dipl. relations] Senator Paula Hawkins noted bringing convicted smuggler to hearing to testify on fugitive financier Robert Vesco's alleged drug deals with Nicaraguan government [HAWKINS - claims Sandinistas finance upheaval in region with drug money.] Admin.'s re-release of surveillance info. citing Nicaragua's future role in USSR espionage in this hemisphere mentioned. Secretary of State George Shultz's reaction to House opposition for funding of guerrillas directly or through CIA noted.

Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter

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