• Short Summary

    Dr. Timothy Leary, the "hippie" psychology professor who escaped from a Californian prison six weeks?

  • Description

    BEIRUT, LEBANON (25 OCTOBER 1970) (REUTERS)
    MV/GV Leary and colleagues (3 shots)

    MV/GV Leary speaks

    TRANSCRIPT:

    LEARY: Well, that is rather a complicated business, you know; the American police establishment prides itself on its efficiency. I escaped with the help of the Weathermen underground, 25 of their crack underground operators came to California for six week before by escape and it was a very complicated operation. They not only helped us to escape, they spirited us to several other underground stations throughout the United States and they helped my wife Rosemary and myself leave the country with great efficiency. The Weathermen underground stations throughout the United States and they helped my wife Rosemary and myself leave the country with great efficiency. The Weathermen underground is an exemplary organisation, they're beautiful young people, they are every place, they are long-haired, they are short-haired, they are in the cities, they are in the town. For all white youth they are the hope of our country.

    REPORTER: What are you plans now Doctor?

    LEARY: Well we are just going to keep moving around. We've got the United States surrounded, we can move freely. We may well join Bernadette in Belfast, Ireland; we may show up with the Tupamaros in Uruguay; we may head over to Hanoi to do a few rock and roll radio programmes. I might well be in Newhaven on November 3rd for the big rally to free Bobby Seale and Arthur Elvins. We would like to tell the people of the United States the third world war has begun. Join us in the fight for freedom because we are everywhere and we're happy and we're free and we're going to make the world free.

    PAF/AH/BJ/1702 PAF/AH/BJ/1707
    Background: Dr. Timothy Leary, the "hippie" psychology professor who escaped from a Californian prison six weeks ago, flew into Beirut from Algeria on Sunday night (October 25)
    but was refused entry by the authorities. Before he left for Cairo the next day, Dr. Leary told a reporter how the "Weathermen" Revolutionary underground organisation helped him escape from prison.

    The former professor from Harvard University was accompanied by three other members of the radical American left: Fiel Marshal Donald Cox of the Black Panther party, Jennifer Khorn of the Youth International Party (Yippies) and Professor Martin Kenner, Chairman of the US National Committee for the defence of the Panthers.

    The four of them had hoped to go on to Jordan to meet the Palestinian guerrillas and exchange information about the Fedayeen and the Black Panthers. Dr. Leary, who was serving a 10-year jail sentence for Marijuana offences, was travelling under a false passport using the name of William McNellis. The Beirut authorities made it clear that they were not deporting Dr. Leary and the three others, but said they ad advised them to leave the country.

    Dr. Leary is now living in Algeria working with the Black Panthers.

    Dr. Leary was asked how he escaped from prison in California:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA475EO4AUYUP3WI5H4P95O040R
    Media URN:
    VLVA475EO4AUYUP3WI5H4P95O040R
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/10/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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