One of the hostages held by Iranian students in the United States Embassy in Teheran--a 21-year-old Marine--has been interviewed by an American television crew.
CU Corporal William Gallegos speaking in English (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: GALLEGOS: "Can't say how much I miss them because, you know, it's really hard to explain how I miss them. I hope I'm home before Christmas. I leave it up to the American people and our President to make the right decision, so that either the Shah be brought to justice or whatever decision is made. I just want the best for us here and for everyone."
REPORTER: "Have you personally been threatened and pressurised in any way to confess for any kind of crimes?"
GALLEGOS: "No I haven't--not at all. I haven't been mistreated or threatened in any way. The only questions I was asked was my name, my job and how long I've been in Iran."
REPORTER: "Have you been accused of being a spy?"
GALLEGOS: "The first couple of days I was. We were--everyone was accused of being a spy--CIA--working in a spy nest--carrying on spying activities. But after that no."
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Background: One of the hostages held by Iranian students in the United States Embassy in Teheran--a 21-year-old Marine--has been interviewed by an American television crew. The Marine, Corporal William Gallegos, told two NBC reporters inside the Embassy on Monday (10 December) that all the hostages were being well treated--but they wanted to go home for Christmas. The statement by Corporal Gellegos conflicted with earlier statements by U.S. President, Jimmy Carter, who claimed the hostages were being badly treated, threatened at pistol point, bound had and foot and punished for speaking. Corporal Callegos was on guard duty at the time of the Embassy seizure and he has spent more than five weeks in captivity so far. Now, he says he is missing his family in Pueblo, Colorado.