American tourist Buel Ray Wortham left Moscow today (Tuesday) nearly six months after his arrest on charges of black marketeering and theft.
LS EXT Vienna Airport
LS People stand on tarmac PAN to plane
CS Worthams speaks: SOF STARTS: "How do you feel.... SOF ENDS..... in line."
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: QUESTION : "How do you feel - what have you got to say about being out?"
WORTHAM : "Oh, it's just a great feeling to be out now, I tell you."
QUESTION : "How long have you been in jail?"
WORTHAM : "I was in solitary isolation for approximately eighty-five days."
QUESTION : "How did you get caught with that bear, that iron bear?"
WORTHAM : "I just had it in the car."
QUESTION : "You were in Moscow weren't you?"
WORTHAM : "Yes......"
QUESTION : "What prison were you in?"
WORTHAM : "It was in Leningrad. I really couldn't pronounce the name of it."
QUESTION : "Do you think the five thousand five hundred dollar fine was a commensurate thing to forty five dollars?"
WORTHAM : "I don't know."
QUESTION : "Who is going to pay it back?"
WORTHAM : "Well, the good citizens of......raised the money. They raised the bail and the final......"
QUESTION : "Have you been in constant contact with the Embassy officials in Moscow?"
WORTHAM : "Oh yes. I've lived in the American Embassy while I was in Moscow."
QUESTION : "Who instituted the appeal?"
WORTHAM : "Who instituted the appeal - well, it was just through the regular legal channels for appeals - just normally in line...."
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Background: American tourist Buel Ray Wortham left Moscow today (Tuesday) nearly six months after his arrest on charges of black marketeering and theft. The 25-year old former United States Army Lieutenant flew to Vienna after paying a fine of 5,000 roubles (about GBP2,000 sterling) imposed by an appeal court on March II when a three-year labour camp sentence passed by a Leningrad court was quashed.
Wortham, smartly dressed and accompanied by U.S. officials, said he would be going on to Germany from Vienna to arrange with the U.S. Army for transportation to America.
He said he had been well treated, but refused to give many details. He said he would answer questions more fully when he got home to the United States.
When he arrived at Vienna, Wortham was asked by newsmen: