• Short Summary

    THE 82-CREWMEN OF THE UNITED STATES INTELLIGENCE SHIP "PUEBLO" WERE RELEASED BY THE NORTH KOREANS TODAY (MONDAY) AFTER 11 MONTHS OF CAPTIVITY.

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    WOODWARD SPEAKING; SHOTS OF PUEBLO CREWMEMBERS; BUCHER SPEAKING (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: GENERAL WOODWARD:"THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT WITH REGARD TO THE PUEBLO HAS CONSISTENTLY EXPRESSED IN THE NEGOTIATIONS AT PANMUNJON AND IN PUBLIC THAT THE SHIP WAS NOT ENGAGED IN ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES, THAT THERE IS NO CONVINCING EVIDENCE THAT THE SHIP AT ANY TIME INTRUDED INTO THE TERRITORIAL WATERS CLAIMED BY NORTH KOREA AND THAT WE COULD NOT APOLOGISE FOR ACTIONS WE DID NOT BELIEVE TOOK PLACE. THE DOCUMENT WHICH I AM GOING TO SIGN WAS PREPARED BY THE NORTH KOREANS AND IS AT VARIANCE WITH THE ABOVE POSITION. MY SIGNATURE WILL NOT AND CANNOT ALTER THE BALANCE. I WILL SIGN THE DOCUMENT TO FREE THE CREW AND ONLY TO FREE THE CREW."



    COMMANDER BUCHER: "I WAS NEVER HIT WITH ANY KIND OF A STICK OR (INDISTINCT) BUT THE KOREAN PEOPLE ARE VERY EFFECTIVE WITH THEIR .... I WAS KICKED A FEW TIMES - SEVERAL TIMES - THEY'RE QUITE GOOD AT SOCCER AND THEY DRILL AT THIS BUSINESS OF KARATE AND ITS PARTICULARLY WHEN YOU'RE ALSO LOOKING DOWN THE BARREL OF A MACHINE GUN AND IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO DEFEND YOURSELF OR IN THE EVENT OF SOME OF MY CREW-MEMBERS WERE PHYSICALLY (INDISTINCT) WELL AT THE SAME TIME THERE WAS HELL OF A LOT MORE OF THEM THAN THERE WAS OF US AND PEOPLE WOULD NORMALLY BE BEATEN INDIVIDUALLY BUT LAST WEEK, WE WENT THROUGH THE MOST CONCENTRATED FORM OF TERROR THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN OR EVER DREAM THAT'S POSSIBLE."




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    EDITORS NOTE: THE COMMENTATOR'S VOICE OVER SOME OF THE FILM IS FOR GUIDANCE ONLY. WE APOLOGISE FOR THE BREAK UP IN SEVERAL PARTS OF THE FILM BUT THESE WERE CAUSED BY SATELLITE TRANSMISSION.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE 82-CREWMEN OF THE UNITED STATES INTELLIGENCE SHIP "PUEBLO" WERE RELEASED BY THE NORTH KOREANS TODAY (MONDAY) AFTER 11 MONTHS OF CAPTIVITY. THE MEN WERE SET FREE AT THE KOREAN ARMISTICE VILLAGE OF PANMUNJON.

    THE SHIP'S CAPTAIN, COMMANDER LLOYD BUCHER, TOLD NEWSMEN IN PANMUNJON THAT HIS MEN WERE SUBJECTED TO BEATING, TERROR AND BRUTALITY DURING THE CAPTIVITY. THE CREW MEMBERS WALKED, TERROR AND WALKED ACROSS THE "BRIDGE OF NO RETURN" INTO SOUTH KOREA ACCOMPANIED BY NORTH KOREAN OBSERVERS. AN AMBULANCE BEARING THE BODY OF AN ENGINEER, KILLED DURING THE PUEBLO'S CAPTURE LAST JANUARY, ALSO CAME ACROSS THE BRIDGE.

    THE TERMS OF RELEASE OF THE CREW REMAIN SECRET. BUT MAJOR-GENERAL GILBERT WOODWARD -- CHIEF U.S. SPOKESMAN AT THE RELEASE NEGOTIATIONS -- REFUSED TO ADMIT THAT THE PUEBLO WAS ENGAGED IN SPYING ACTIVITIES. HE SAID THE U.S. HAD ONLY SIGNED A DOCUMENT ADMITTING SPYING ACTIVITIES TO GAIN THE RELEASE OF THE PUEBLO MEN. HE SAID:"I WILL SIGN THE DOCUMENT TO FREE THE CREW AND ONLY TO FREE THE CREW."
    THE FOLLOWING SOUND ON FILM IS PART OF GENERAL WOODWARD'S STATEMENT AND AN INTERVIEW WITH THE PUEBLO CAPTAIN, COMMANDER BUCHER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8HWTALHIEMH1PMNEMX7TPUG2X
    Media URN:
    VLVA8HWTALHIEMH1PMNEMX7TPUG2X
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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