A former American intelligence Officer in Vietnam has said on television that both the South Vietnamese and American government were involved in the military overthrow of Cambodian leader Prince Sihanouk last march.
CU Captain Robert Marasco speaking
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: MARASCO: If he was talking with Vietcong that would be very indicative I think because he always contended that first of all there were no Vietcong in Cambodia and there were no North Vietnamese in Cambodia. Then when he admitted that possibly they were there he certainly didn't condone them being there and would just as soon they left. If he were contacting them and working with them that sheds another light on it.
INTERVIEWER: Being realistic would you think that Sihanouk would go out openly talk to VC commanders of VC political officers in Cambodia.
MARASCO: "No he wouldn't openly do that. That's why I had agents working for me."
INTERVIEWER: "What did they report? That he did?"
INTERVIEWER: "Do you think that it's possible that a man like Sihanouk could have been deposed by his own Generals just on their own or have you ever thought that there was something involved in what happened to Sihanouk.
MARASCO: I don't doubt that there was some other thing involved in him being deposed. Possibly his generals were strong enough and had enough support to do on their own. But as i said I don't doubt that other people had something to do with it.
INTERVIEWER: "Like who?"
MARASCO: "Oh, like other governments, other intelligence organisations.
INTERVIEWER: "Americans or South Vietnamese or both".
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Background: A former American intelligence Officer in Vietnam has said on television that both the South Vietnamese and American government were involved in the military overthrow of Cambodian leader Prince Sihanouk last march.
Capt. Robert Marasco, a former Green Beret officer and one of the central figures in last year's trial of several special forces officers for the murder of a South Vietnamese agent, made the statement in New York on Tuesday (2 June) during a public affairs programme called first Tuesday.
Mr. Marasco said that special forces intelligence agents in Cambodia discovered that Prince Sihanouk was holding secret meetings with the North Vietnamese and Vietcong before his downfall. He also spoke about why the Cambodian leader was being watched: