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  • Robalini@aol.com
    Please send as far and wide as possible. Thanks, Robert Sterling Editor, The Konformist http://www.konformist.com http://www.konformist.com/page1.htm
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 28, 1999
      Please send as far and wide as possible.

      Thanks,

      Robert Sterling
      Editor, The Konformist
      http://www.konformist.com
      http://www.konformist.com/page1.htm
      http://www.konformist.com/1999/tailwind.htm


      Saturday, June 26, 1999 10:18:46 PM
      From: april.oliver@...

      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
      anyway.

      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
      Schneider.


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