• Short Summary

    AFTER MONTHS OF SECRET DIPLOMACY AND PUBLIC SPECULATION, BRITISH LECTURER GERALD BROOKE HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM A RUSSIAN PRISON CAMP AND FLOWN BACK TO ENGLAND.

  • Description

    1.
    MV BROOKE, WIFE AND MOTER POSE AT LONDON AIRPORT
    0.11

    2.
    GV MILLING NEWSMEN IN PRESS ROOM
    0.16

    3.
    MV PHOTOGRAPHERS PAN TO BROOKE FLAKED PAN TO BROOKE FLANKED BY WIFE AND MOTHER.
    0.28

    4.
    CU BROOKE INTERVIEWED (SOF)
    2.06


    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 4) INTERVIEWER: "GERALD, CAN YOU TELL US HOW YOU FEEL NOW, EXACTLY WHAT YOU FEEL NOW?"



    BROOKE: "WELL, ITS VERY DIFFICULT TO SAY, SORT OF NUMB... SENSATION. HAVEN'T REALLY GOT USED TO SPEAKING ENGLISH AGAIN YET. IT WAS A JOY TO BE BACK AGAIN (INDISTINCT) OF COURSE WITH MY WIFE AND MY MOTHER, SEE THEN AGAIN AFTER SO LONG. HAVEN'T SEEN EITHER OF THEM FOR...MY WIFE FOR OVER THREE YEARS AND MY MOTHER FOR OVER FOUR AND A HALF YEARS. HAVEN'T REALLY GOT USED TO THE IDEA THAT IT'S HAPPENED YET, BECAUSE IT WAS SUCH A SHOCK."



    INTERVIEWER: "HOW ARE YOU FEELING PHYSICALLY? I MEAN YOU WERE A BIT ILL WEREN'T YOU?"



    BROOKE (CUTTING ACROSS LAST TWO WORDS OF INTERVIEWER): "NOT, NOT WELL AT ALL."



    INTERVIEWER: "WHAT, WHAT IS WRONG. CAN YOU TELL US JUST ROUGHLY WHAT THE DOCTORS ARE SAYING?"



    BROOKE: "SIR, CONDITION, COLITIS, A CONDITION OF THE INTESTINE WHICH WAS AGGRAVATED BY THE SORT OF FOOD THAT I HAD TO EAT...IN THE CAMPS."



    INTERVIEWER: "GERALD, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE DOING FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS?" (WOMAN'S LAUGHTER)



    INTERVIEWER: "THANK YOU."



    BROOKE: "WELL, I HAD A MEAL ON THE AEROPLANE, WHICH WAS A VERY PLEASANT CHANGE FROM WHAT I'VE BEEN USED TO. (LAUGHTER) BOEUFF STROGONOFF. (LAUGHTER) THERE WAS A PEACH THERE. I'VE NEVER SEEN FRUIT FOR A LONG TIME. AND SOME ???"




    Initials MJS/V/JF/BB



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: AFTER MONTHS OF SECRET DIPLOMACY AND PUBLIC SPECULATION, BRITISH LECTURER GERALD BROOKE HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM A RUSSIAN PRISON CAMP AND FLOWN BACK TO ENGLAND.

    MR. BROOKE--A LECTURER IN RUSSIAN AT A LONDON COLLEGE--HAD SERVED JUST OVER FOUR YEARS OF A FIVE-YEAR SENTENCE ON CHARGES OF BRINGING ANTI-SOVIET LITERATURE AND PRINTING MATERIALS INTO THE COUNTRY ON BEHALF OF A RUSSIAN EMIGRE ORGANISATION.

    HIS RELEASE CAME AFTER A SERIES OF CONFERENCES IN LONDON BETWEEN SOVIET AMBASSADOR MIKHAIL SMIRNOVSKY AND SIR DENIS GREENHILL, PERMANENT UNDER-SECRETARY AT THE FOREIGN OFFICE. AFTER RUSSIAN THREATS TO TRY BROOKE A SECOND TIME, ON MORE SERIOUS CHARGES WHICH MIGHT INCUR A FIFTEEN YEAR PRISON SENTENCE, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT APPEARS FINALLY TO HAVE AGREED TO THE RELEASE OF SOVIET SPI???S PETER AND HELEN KROGER. THEY HAVE SERVED EIGHT YEARS OF A TWENTY YEAR SENTENCE FOR RUNNING A SPY RING IN BRITAIN.

    THEIR RELEASE, WHICH WILL PROBABLY COME IN OCTOBER, ENSURED BROOKE'S,A AND THE RUSSIANS HAVE ALSO PROMISED TO SET FREE TWO OTHER BRITONS, AFTER THE KROGERS HAVE LEFT PRISON.

    THOUGH THE DECISION APPARENTLY TO BARGAIN FOR BROKE'S RELEASE HAS MET WITH CRITICISM IN SOME QUARTERS, SUPPORTERS JUSTIFY IT ON THE GROUNDS OF MR BROOKE'S FAILING HEALTH. NEW CHARGES MIGHT HAVE SENTENCED HIM TO DIE IN A RUSSIAN PRISON CAMP.

    AT LONDON AIRPORT THIS MORNING, A PALE, DRAWN, HAPPY, BUT SLIGHTLY BEWILDERED BROOKE STEPPED OFF A RUSSIAN AIR-LINER, TO GREET HIS WIFE, HIS MOTHER, AND THE PRESS.

    THE PRESS-CONFERENCE WAS SHORT, AND FIRMLY HANDLING BY MRS. BROOKE, WHO WANTED TO PROTECT HER HUSBAND FROM TO MUCH STRAIN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7MNFQ9QT2PSK8BJWUH4A61MH8
    Media URN:
    VLVA7MNFQ9QT2PSK8BJWUH4A61MH8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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