Dr Timothy Leary, the Harvard psychologist now dubbed high priest of the LSD drug cult, said in an exclusive Visnews interview in Berne, Switzerland on January 1, that it was good to be free.
CU Leary interviewed.
Dr Leary talking.
INTERVIEWER: Dr Leary, it's your first day of freedom in six years, how do you feel?
LEARY: I feel free....and very happy. Tomorrow, long time coming.
INTERVIEWER: But you are an exile from your own country, you're a fugitive from justice, how do you feel about that, not being able to go home.
LEARY: Yes I know I am, but my joy today comes form the fact that I'm not going to go back to the United States, I've declined the invitation of Governor Reagan and President Nixon to their prison. I hope to go back to the United States, naturally, I think that the system will change in the next few years, has got to change, there's got to be more individual freedom, and when that happens I'd like to come back to America to visit, but I've no intention of living permanently in the United States again. I'm on my way East, and it's a great trip.
INTERVIEWER: How far East.
LEARY: Higher, and farther East.
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Background: Dr Timothy Leary, the Harvard psychologist now dubbed high priest of the LSD drug cult, said in an exclusive Visnews interview in Berne, Switzerland on January 1, that it was good to be free. It was his first interview since the Swiss government officially refused to extradite him to America, where he is wanted for escaping from jail while serving a 10-year marijuana smuggling sentence. Dr Leary, who last week lost a plea for political asylum in Switzerland, is now there as normal tourist. He is therefore free to apply for a residence visa.