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Sweden Delays Telecast of Soviet Film Linking CIA to Slaying of Palme

February 18, 1987|United Press International

STOCKHOLM — A state-funded television network has postponed the scheduled showing of a Soviet program that blames the slaying of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme on the United States, officials said Tuesday.

The decision by Sweden's Channel 1 television followed pressure from the U.S. Embassy and Claes Palme, the slain leader's brother, not to broadcast the Soviet film on Feb. 27, the night before the anniversary of Palme's killing.

Instead, the quasi-documentary will be shown on March 6 "to enable a better distribution of programs aired in connection with the anniversary," said a statement by the government-funded network.

The 50-minute film, shown on Soviet television recently, implies that the assassination of Palme, a staunch disarmament advocate, was plotted by the CIA.

The U.S. Embassy in a statement called the docu-drama "an insidious Soviet propaganda film."

Police searching for the unknown killer have not mentioned CIA agents among possible suspects.

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