• Short Summary

    A UNITED STATES BUSINESSMAN, MR. SIMEON BALDWIN, 57, SAID IN HONG KONG YESTERDAY (7 DECEMBER)?

  • Description


    BALDWIN AND DONALD ENTERING ROOM: NEWSMEN: BALDWIN ANSWERING QUESTIONS (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "COULD YOU TELL US WHEN YOU RECEIVED WORD THAT YOU WOULD BE FREED, PLEASE?"



    BALDWIN: "I BEG YOUR PARDON......"



    REPORTER: "WHEN YOU RECEIVED THE WORD THAT YOU WOULD BE FREED."



    BALDWIN: "ABOUT -- I SUPPOSE FOUR O'CLOCK YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, SATURDAY AFTERNOON."



    REPORTER: "DID THEY GIVE ANY REASON?"



    BALDWIN: "NOT REALLY, NO EXCEPT THAT WE WOULD BE DETAINED FOR INVESTIGATION, THE INVESTIGATION WAS COMPLETED, AND THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONSIDERING RELEASING US."



    REPORTER: "(INAUDIBLE)"



    BALDWIN: "OH VERY FUNCTIONARY. WE WERE UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE PEOPLE'S LIBERATION ARMY ALL THE TIME, P.L.A."



    REPORTER: "DID THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES STATE SPECIFICALLY AT ANY TIME WHY THEY WERE HOLDING YOU IN (INAUDIBLE)?"



    BALDWIN: "NOT REALLY. THEY WENT THROUGH THE USUAL STORY OF -- IN ESSENCE IT BOILED DOWN TO 'WE ARE AMERICANS, ALL AMERICANS ARE ENEMIES, THEREFORE WE MUST INVESTIGATE YOU VERY CAREFULLY BECAUSE PRESUMABLY YOU'RE A SPY, OR MAY BE.'"



    REPORTER: "DID YOU HAVE TO SIGN ANYTHING BEFORE YOU LEFT CHINA?"



    BALDWIN: "MANY"



    REPORTER: "WHAT DID THEY SAY?"



    BALDWIN: "WELL, ALL OF THEM SAID THE SAME THING: 'WE REPENT THIS CRIME, THAT CRIME, VARIOUS OTHER CRIMES, AND WE REWORDED THEM, OR I REWORDED THEM, MANY TIMES BECAUSE THEY WANTED LITTLE CHANCE IN THE WORDING. THIS TOOK ABOUT EIGHT HOURS."



    REPORTER: "YOU DID SIGN SOME CONFESSIONS?"



    BALDWIN: "SURE WHY NOT?"



    REPORTER: "HOW MANY DID YOU SIGN?"



    BALDWIN: "I HAVE NO IDEA -- QUITE FEW. AT EACH SPOT WE WENT WE SIGNED NEW CONFESSIONS."



    REPORTERS: "WHEN DID YOU SIGN THESE CONFESSIONS?"



    BALDWIN: "MANY TIMES. AT EACH OF THE SPOTS I JUST NAMED WE SIGNED NEW CONFESSIONS -- ALL SAYING THE SAME THING."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A UNITED STATES BUSINESSMAN, MR. SIMEON BALDWIN, 57, SAID IN HONG KONG YESTERDAY (7 DECEMBER) THAT HE HAD TO SIGN "QUITE A FEW" CONFESSIONS BEFORE HE WAS RELEASED BY THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA AFTER 10 MONTHS IN DETENTION.

    HE AND A WOMAN SECRETARY, MRS. BESSIE HOPE DONALD, 47, WERE SEIZED BY THE CHINESE DURING A HOLIDAY CRUISE IN THEIR YACHT TO THE PORTUGUESE TERRITORY OF MACAO. THEY WERE RELEASED EARLY YESTERDAY.

    HE WAS SPEAKING AT A NEWS CONFERENCE ONLY HOURS AFTER THE TWO HAD BEEN FREED. THEY BOTH APOLOGISED FOR BEING NEARLY AN HOUR LATE AT THE CONFERENCE, SAYING THAT THEY HAD BEEN UP FOR THE LAST 36 HOURS.

    A REPORTED ASKED:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA44NKIFIP181KQVACRMUX68O4L
    Media URN:
    VLVA44NKIFIP181KQVACRMUX68O4L
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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