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Secret Story of Terry Waite, The
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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Examines the secret connections between Oliver North and British hostage Terry Waite, Anglican church envoy just released from captivity in Lebanon. Correspondent Gavin Hewitt investigates how North used Waite's efforts to free the hostages as a cover for the covert American arms-for-hostages deals with Iran and how that deception may have led to the kidnapping of Terry Waite. (AIRED 11/19 ON BBC PANORAMA, story also picked up by ABC's NIGHTLINE.)



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Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Secret Story of Terry Waite, The,” 11/24/1991, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 13, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DBE87E26D2534DAA9BD0A2B1248EAA7C.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Secret Story of Terry Waite, The.” 11/24/1991. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 13, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DBE87E26D2534DAA9BD0A2B1248EAA7C>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Secret Story of Terry Waite, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DBE87E26D2534DAA9BD0A2B1248EAA7C
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