Mr. James Cross, the British diplomat seized by extreme Canadian separatists in Montreal nearly two?
GV Int. Press conference - Cross and wife enter
CU Cross speaking
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: CROSS: Saturday was quiet day until late in the evening when we were watching television, the news came through, first that a body had been found in the trunk of a car at St. Hurbert airport, then the body was identified as that of La Porte, and later that my own body had been found, at Rawden, north of Montreal. That I think, I sincerely trust, was the most terrible night of my life as I watched my death announced on television and heard that my wife was watching it at home.
REPORTER: Could I ask Mr. Cross if it was ever explained to him exactly why it was him who had been chosen to be kidnapped rather than(indistinct).
CROSS: I think that they wanted a diplomat. They had already tried three, two at least, possibly three kidnapping attempts in Montreal which had been frustrated. They had surveyed numbers of people; they gave me a few reasons when I asked them, claiming British cultural imperialism in Canada, but I don't believe this. I think that they simply wanted a diplomat to get world opinion and I happened to be available.
REPORTER: If you were to meet you former captors (indistinct) what would you say to them?
CROSS: I would call the nearest policeman. Thank you very much.
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Background: Mr. James Cross, the British diplomat seized by extreme Canadian separatists in Montreal nearly two and a half months ago, today (Wednesday, 9 December) spoke to journalists in London about his experiences under capture. Mr. Cross was released several days ago and his captors were allowed to fly to Cuba.