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Nation IN BRIEF : NEW YORK : '60 Minutes' Source Claims Death Threats

February 05, 1996|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

CBS News' "60 Minutes" broadcast its interview with tobacco industry whistle-blower Jeffrey Wigand, who said he began packing a handgun because of death threats against him and his family. CBS has been deep in legal hassles over the story, initially quashed in November over CBS' fears of legal action. In it, Wigand alleged that former B&W Chairman Thomas Sandefur lied when he told Congress he believed nicotine is not addictive. B&W said CBS "has promised to indemnify Wigand and provide legal assistance if he is accused of inaccurate statements."

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