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Lebanon Hostages / US-Iran Deals #99891

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 11, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Today's "Washington Post" headline on national security adviser Admiral John Poindexter's arms deals with Iran in exchange for release of some United States hostages held in Lebanon shown, discussed.

(DC: Bob Zelnick) Possible impact of Reagan administration's arms deals with Iran on upcoming trials of defs. accused of doing same thing as President examined; background to cases reviewed, scenes shown. [Customs commissioner William Von RAAB - considers defs. "brokers of death."] Suspects recalled claiming they believed they were part of covert US-Israeli operations to supply arms to Iran. [Defense attorney Jonathan MARKS - claims United States and Israeli govts. gave tacit approval to operation.] White House's secret arms-for-hostages deals with Iran, via Israel, noted. [Defense attorney Lawrence BADER - notes defs.' cases are strengthened by recent revelations about administration's behavior.] [On undercover tapes, voices of defense Sam EVANS and government informant Cyrus HASHEMI - discuss approval for deal by Bush, Shultz's opposition, go-ahead from government; remarks transcribed on screen.] [Former Carter aide Lloyd CUTLER - cites implications of President's actions for defs. now.]

Jennings, Peter;
Zelnick, Bob

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