Britain's Ambassador in Uruguay, Sir Geoffrey Jackson, told a packed news conference in a London hotel on Thursday (September 16) of his life as a prisoner of the Tupamares guerrillas.
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 2): "Conditions of capture were rather special and took rather a long time to evolve. They were physically abominable. A classic wet dungeon, it was a very hot time of the year, there was nothing to lie on but the floor with some rather wet, smelly polyfoam padding which within a couple of days stank, because there was no means of washing it.
QUESTION: "Did you ever have any indication of what your captors intended doing with you. Did they have an intention before they captured you?"
JACKSON: "They would have killed me, certainly, at any moment if there had been an attempt to rescue me. Just like that, if for example, the security forces had stumbled on me they made it absolutely clear. They made it clear, some of them, most of them, rather regretfully, you know the walrus and the carpenter wept like anything. In fact, there was one occasion when the lights started to flicker which was the sign that there was a sweep going on and it was an extraordinary thing.....this young man came caring in with his gun at the ready and he said, 'don't get worried yet, it may just very well be an electrical failure.' But, to me this is terribly revealing, of the confusion of good and bad, that exists there.
INDISTINCT QUESTION ABOUT HOW JACKSON HEARD OF HIS RELEASE.
JACKSON: "As I was mentioning, they don't give much away. They just walked in and said they had some news for me. This happened from time to time. I said I hoped it was good news and they said they thought that I would think so, that they were releasing me. I, on the whole, don't specialise in (indistinct) but there's a very useful word which, for the first time is used, which might roughly be translated as 'fooling me', so I said 'you're not following me this time', and they said 'No'. I said 'How many days?'. They said '15 minutes'."
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Background: Britain's Ambassador in Uruguay, Sir Geoffrey Jackson, told a packed news conference in a London hotel on Thursday (September 16) of his life as a prisoner of the Tupamares guerrillas.
Sir Geoffrey, released last week after eight months in the hands of his captors and recently knighted, spoke of the gunmen who held him, the possibility of death and the conditions of his imprisonment.