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Posted: 4/8/2001 2:18:51 PM EDT
With Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff For the story behind the story... Sunday April 8, 2001; 4:37 p.m. EDT China Held Back 16 Crew Members at Last U.S. Visit Chinese authorities on the island of Hainan denied U.S. diplomats access to most of the crew of a downed reconnaissance plane during a Saturday night meeting, contrary to widespread reports in the American media Sunday that all 24 U.S. hostages were made available. Monday's South China Morning Post reports that the Chinese allowed only one third of the American crew held hostage since last Sunday to meet with U.S. representatives. "The White House revealed that only eight of the crew, including the pilot, had been at Saturday's meeting, where U.S. diplomats passed on e-mails from home, toiletries and the latest American sports scores," the SCMP said. "Despite U.S. pressure for unrestricted access twice daily to the 21 men and three women held on Hainan Island.... only eight of the 21 had been permitted to attend the last meeting Saturday night," reported the paper, indicating that three U.S. female crew members were among those left behind by the Chinese. Apparently U.S. Defense Attache Brig. Gen. Neal Sealock, who attended the meeting, made no mention at an early Sunday morning (China time) press conference that the Chinese had denied access to two-thirds of the U.S. crew. Sunday morning's U.S. news accounts quote Sealock as assuring reporters that the crew was in "very high spirits," but said nothing about China's ominous decision to withold access to most of them. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice reportedly complained about the new limitation, with the SCMP saying she told CNN the restriction "isn't helpful" and that the U.S. wants "unfettered access" to the detainees. But Rice's complaint could not be found on CNN's website and she made no mention that 16 of the hostages had been witheld during a wide ranging interview with the network's Wolf Blitzer on CNN's "Late Edition" Sunday afternoon.
Link Posted: 4/8/2001 2:40:52 PM EDT
Nothing like an "unbiased media"(oxymoron)...
Link Posted: 4/8/2001 7:21:06 PM EDT
I think they actually share some DNA. [red][size=4] P.R.K.
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