Konformist: TAILWIND PRODUCER REVEALS NEW INFORMATION
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Editor, The Konformist
Saturday, June 26, 1999 10:18:46 PM
For Immediate Release
Contact: April Oliver (202) 362-1893
TAILWIND PRODUCER REVEALS NEW INFORMATION
Washington -- Tailwind producer April Oliver filed an amended lawsuit
against her former employer, CNN, this afternoon, charging fraud,
intentional interference with business relations and defamation. The
nearly 80 page document contains new details about the controversial
Tailwind report on nerve gas use during a 1970 mission to kill defectors.
She references documents that reinforce that the Tailwind report was
properly sourced, and the internal CNN investigation, which resulted in
her dismissal, was a fraud.
Among other things, her new complaint states that:
* During the controversy last June, Henry Kissinger provided CNN
management with an internal memo that indicated that the Tailwind target
was a North Vietnamese prison camp. This information was consistent with
CNN's assertion that wiping out American defectors was the mission's
central aim. Kissinger privately has accused the Tailwind producer of
"blackmail" in her attempts to obtain an interview with him. Kissinger
declined all efforts by CNN to interview him, and has not, to Oliver's
knowledge, publicly commented on the report. The Pentagon insists the
Tailwind mission was merely a diversionary action to blow up a bridge.
* CNN General Counsel David Kohler has covered up his role in the
Tailwind report's editorial decision-making. Kohler was co-author, with
attorney Floyd Abrams, of the supposedly independent report that argued
the Tailwind story was insufficiently sourced. The Abrams/Kohler review
resulted in CNN's retraction of the story, and the firing of Ms. Oliver.
Yet Kohler did not disclose that he himself had made and approved many of
the editorial decisions he later attributes directly to Oliver, and which
the Abrams/Kohler report criticized. Specifically, David Kohler reviewed
and approved the language describing Admiral Thomas Moorer as a confirming
source, as revealed in a June 16 memo authored by David Kohler describing
his direct editorial input. Kohler also was a lead contributor to the
June 14th Tailwind report.
* CNN willfully disclosed the names of confidential sources and
other confidential information, in the report authored by Abrams and
Kohler last July. At least two Tailwind sources who were explicitly
promised their identities would be protected were named in the
Abrams/Kohler report. Oliver warned Kohler (and CNN) not to release this
information, but CNN decided to publicize the report to the press corps
The lawsuit details other evidence that CNN management is engaged in a
cover-up regarding the editorial oversight and managerial decisions
related to the Tailwind report. It offers evidence of a panic attack in
the CNN executive suite over the controversy, and describes pressure
tactics used by veterans to encourage CNN to retract the Tailwind story.
Oliver charges she was scapegoated by CNN to please the military. She is
seeking $7 million in compensatory and $100 million in punitive damages.
Ms. Oliver is represented by new attorneys, Roger Simmons and Charles
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