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Election Hostage Tale

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November 3, 1988
Is the hostage tale your "last ditch" sophomoric attempt to scandalize the Administration just before election? The Times is usurping its press power, and insulting its readers in devoting so much space to unfounded tales of rumors, speculations, half-truths, no-truths, hearsay drivel. And to Barbara Honegger, a nobody, and her collaborator, Abolhassan Bani-Sadr (now in exile) and their fantasies, and unproven allegations: Whose "story" is the "October Surprise"? The Times staff writers?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1988
I was astonished to note that the article did not mention the most important lead to evidence nor the best summary of the case. Perhaps The Times felt it beneath its dignity to mention the source for both: Playboy. In the August issue Abu Sharif of the Palestine Liberation Organization, in an interview mostly with Yasser Arafat, said the PLO has "hard evidence" of an approach to the PLO by a high-ranking member of the Reagan-Bush campaign in October, 1980, promising favors to the PLO if it would use its influence with Iran to have the hostages' release delayed.
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