DO MUOI, U.S. SENATOR SMITH DISCUSS MIA ISSUES

Created: 7/12/1993

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[Text! Hanoi. July 11 (AFP!-Vietnamese officers who

said they worked closely with collaborator Robert Garwood duringccused hie Sunday ol betraying

their friendship by claiming he saw American prisoners

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three retired colonels were made available to

reporters after Garwoodour-day visit to Vietnam. Senator Bob Smith, who said the results of the trip had boosted Garwood's credibilityitness.

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The officers took the opposite tack, saying that Garwood had no credibility since he maintained that herisoner of war (POW) until he left Vietnamhen they said he lived freely, contributed to propaganda work andietnameseEXT:

Colonel Nguyen Thai, chief of enemy prosletyzing for the Fifth military region, said Marine Corps private Garwood was captured5 and was chosen for early release along with several. prisonersEXT:

"We tried to persuade him to return. Army, but he didn't agree. After his capture, he realized that the Vietnamese people and government were carryingolicy of democracy andhat he thought didn't exist inhaiEXTi

The retired colonel said Garwoodalaried cadre for the Vietnamese People's Army, and lived in or near Hanoi0 until he asked to go homeEXT:

"We were ordered by upper levels that he was to be accepted into Vietnamese society, and we ware ready to treat him as on associate of the Vietnamese people and not as an enemy. He was treatedriend, who could behaiEXT:

Garwood told AFP after arriving here that he hadrisonerhough he said he had more freedom oi movarent than other POWs. He also said he saw at leastopparent American POWs in Vietnam after theEXT;

'"When we released him we hoped that he would enjoy happy life with his family in the United States. We hoped he would not be punished by. Government. We sought to do everything to protecthaiEXT:

'"But now he has come backad and impolite attitude, saying he had beenears in prison, captured and tortured, but this is completelyEXT:

Colonel Doan Hanh, commander of the unit that administered re-education camps,lack-and-white photo of Garwood and an Asian man identified as hishai pilot who defected to Vietnam, standing in front of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in HanoiS.

No other Vietnamese documents concerning Garwood were produced,EXT:

Garwood, who was court-martialled for collaboration after he returned home, said upon arrival here that the Vietnamese would try to discredit him by saying he was their friend, but he stressed: as their enemy then, and I'm their enemyEXT:

Smith said Garwood had boosted his credibility by

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