William Macomber, an official from the United States State Department said in Washington on Thursday (8 March), that it was a difficult thing to arrange the protection of diplomats on risky assignments.
SV Reporter asks Macomber question
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MR. MACOMBER: "We're going to work on this problem at two ends. The first thing is to make it as tough a possible to pick up American diplomats around the world, and we've done a lot on that score, and we're harder to get than anybody else. We've got more armoured cars...we've got more follow cars...we've got a lot of devices to make it tough to get American diplomats. But they can get any one of them. Bodyguards? Yes, I don't want to go into all of the things we do. We do a lot of things."
REPORTER: "Are there any special things the Secret Service do for the problem?"
MACOMBER: "Yes, that's right, except that we have a lot of people you can't...you can never get complete protection. Now, if they want to get somebody, they'll get them sooner or later. But you can make it tough and you can make them pay a price, and we do all kinds of things to try and make that take place, and the result of that is that they being to hit in the less high-risk areas. Haiti was not considered a high-risk area. They didn't hit in the Dominican Republic where they had more protection and they'd expected more trouble. So you can make it very tough, and what they're doing now is going to areas where we had felt the risk there was great and hitting there, so we're just going to have to extend the protection, but there's now way to get absolute protection."
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Background: William Macomber, an official from the United States State Department said in Washington on Thursday (8 March), that it was a difficult thing to arrange the protection of diplomats on risky assignments.
Mr. Macomber said on television that even though the United States had armoured cars, follow-cars and other safeguards, terrorist could get anyone sooner or later, but that steps could be taken to make it harder for them to do so.
Mr. Macomber flew to Khartoum in Sudan last week (2 March) and helped to bring back the bodies of the two United States diplomats who were murdered there by three Palestinian Arab terrorists.
The following is a text of Mr. Macomebr's interview included in this film.