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Lebanon / Weir Freed #98467

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 18, 1985
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(Studio) United States hostage in Lebanon Reverend Benjamin Weir reported freed this weekend.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) [President REAGAN - announces Weir's release; notes number hostages remaining captive.] Apparent circumstances of Weir's release outlined. [White House spokesperson Edward DJEREJIAN - explains government's delay in announcing Weir's release.] United States said intensifying its efforts to obtain captives' release after Israel concluded its release of Lebanese prisoners this summer. [DJEREJIAN - denies linkage between Israeli prisoner release and Weir's freedom.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) Reaction of Weir's home town and congregation to his release featured; scenes shown. [Sister-in-law Pat WEIR - describes her response to news.] Weir's kidnapping, believed by Islamic Jihad, reviewed in detail. [June 30, Carol WEIR - hopes United States won't forget husband and others.] [Pat WEIR - conts. description of her reaction.]
REPORTER: Jack Smith

(Studio) Other kidnapped Americans remaining captive listed with accompanying details on screen.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(No location given) Reactions of families of other kidnapped Americans to Weir's release featured. [Terry Anderson's brother Glenn ANDERSON - resents State Department lying to them.] [Sister Peggy SAY - hopes Weir has information on Anderson.] [Father Lawrence Martin Jenco's sister Mae MIHELICH, David Jacobsen's son Eric JACOBSEN - comment.] Jacobsen mentioned meeting with other families and Vice President George Bush Monday.
REPORTER: Lynn Sherr

(Studio) Possible motive in releasing Weir considered; tomorrow's news conf. announced.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Reporter(s):
Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
Sherr, Lynn;
Smith, Jack
Duration:
00:07:10

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