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    THE UNITED STATES STATE DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ADMITTED THAT MR.DEAN RUSK HAD WRITTEN TO SINGAPORE'S?

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    MR. LEE SPEAKING (SOF) DURING THE CONFERENCE.



    TRANSCRIPT: PRIME MINISTER: "NOW, I WANT TO BE QUITE FRANK WITH YOU HERE. IF THE BRITISH WITHDRAW I AM PREPARED TO GO ON WITH THE AUSTRALIANS AN THE NEW ZEALANDERS. BUT, I AM NOT PREPARED TO GO ON WITH AMERICANS.



    REPORTER: WHY NOT, MR: PRIME MINISTER? WHY DO YOU THINK THE AMERICANS...



    PRIME MINISTER: CAN I PUT IT THIS WAY: I THINK THEY ARE A HIGHLY INTELLIGENT, WELL-MEANING OFTEN, PEOPLE, AND SOME OF THEIR LEADERS LIKE KENNEDY, THE LATE PRESIDENT, HAD SIGNS OF GROWING GREATNESS, DEPTH. BUT, BY AND LARGE, THE ADMINISTRATION LACKS DEPTH AND JUDGEMENT OR WISDOM WHICH COMES OUT OF AN ACCUMULATION OF KNOWLEDGE OF HUMAN BEINGS AND HUMAN SITUATIONS OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. THAT IS LACKING, AND IT IS NOT THEIR FAULT. WHAT HAVE THEY GOT? THREE, FOUR HUNDRED YEARS OF HISTORY, AND THEY HAVE BECOME A NATION JUST RECENTLY. I WILL TELL YOU THIS. I HAVE HAD THREE EXPERIENCES, ONLY THREE EXPERIENCES, WITH THE AMERICANS. AND, THEY DID NOT INTEND ANY HARM IN EACH ONE OF THEM. BUT, THE TRAGEDY WAS, THEY DID REAL HARM. FIRST -- THIS IS OLD STUFF NOW - WE CAUGHT AN AMERICAN C.I.A. AGENT TRYING TO SUBVERT OUR INTELLIGENCE SPECIAL BRANCH OFFICER, BRIBE HIM, SO THAT THE SPECIAL BRANCH OFFICER WILL FEED THE C.I.A. BECAUSE THE C.I.A. WANTS TO KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING. SUBVERTING A SINGAPORE OFFICER! THE MAN MIGHT HAVE SUCCEEDED. BUT I AM PROUD TO SAY THE OFFICER, OFFERED LARGE SUM OF MONEY AND CONTINUING SUMS OF MONEY.... THIS WAS IN 1960...REFUSED AND REPORTED THE MATTER TO HIS CHIEF WHO REPORTED IT TO ME.



    THE MAN WAS CAUGHT, LOCKED UP, AND IT WAS ON A RAZOR'S EDGE WHETHER WE CHARGED HIM IN OPEN COURT OR NOT. NOW, LET ME EXPLAIN THIS. AND, I TOLD THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, "WE KEEP QUITE, YOU TAKE THIS MAN AWAY, $100 MILLION TO THE SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.



    PRIME MINISTER: NO, NO. YOU LISTEN TO ME. I NEVER SPOKE TO THE AMERICANS DIRECT BECAUSE THEY LACK THE FINESSE. THEY MAY SAY, "YES, GIVE IT TO YOU. WHY TO THE SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT? GIVE IT TO YOU.", -- TO ME, WHICH WOULD HAVE RUINED ME. BUT THROUGH AN INTERMEDIARY THEY OFFERED ME AND MY PARTY TEN MILLION DOLLARS. THE INSULT! I TOLD THEM, "KEEP IT."



    NO, NO, THIS IS IMPORTANT, DON'T FORGET THIS. AND THIS IS WHY I HAVE NOT THE SLIGHTEST DOUBT IF MY TWO COLLEAGUES, DR. TOH AND MR. RAJARATNAM, GO ON THIS TOUR OF AFRO-ASIA -- WHICH THEY WILL DO AS SOON AS THE LOCAL AFFAIRS ARE SETTLED -- I HAVE NOT THE SLIGHTEST DOUBT THAT AFRO-ASIA WILL BE WITH US. IF CUBA WITH AN AMERICAN BASE, WITH AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY, IS INDEPENDENT, AND NOT A NEOCOLONIALIST STOOGE, THEN WE, THE PEOPLE OF SINGAPORE, OWNERS OF THE BRITISH BASES... I COULD GIVE YOU A NOTICE 24 HOURS' NOTICE, YOU WILL HAVE TO QUIT, OR YOUR ARE COMMITTING AN ACT OF AGGRESSION WITH VERY SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES, SURELY.




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    Background: THE UNITED STATES STATE DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ADMITTED THAT MR.DEAN RUSK HAD WRITTEN TO SINGAPORE'S PRIME MINISTER, MR.LEE KWAN YEW, APOLOGISING FOR A REPORTED BRIBE INCIDENT FOUR YEARS AGO.MR.LEE HAD RELEASED THE LETTER AFTER THE UNITED STATES DENIED THE CHARGE, MADE DURING A PRESS CONFERENCE SHOWN ON SINGAPORE TELEVISION YESTERDAY.

    DURING THE HOUR-LONG SESSION WITH AUSTRALIAN AND BRITISH REPORTERS HE SPOKE ABOUT THE ACTIVITIES OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, AND THE ATTEMPT BY THE C.I.A.AGENT TO BRIBE A MEMBER OF SINGAPORE'S SPECIAL BRANCH.HE ALSO SPOKE OF THE DEPTH AND WISDOM OF CENTURIES OF BRITISH RULE, AND THE FUTURE OF THE BASES ON SINGAPORE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAYYL1PKH967TRW22KVUWF8T6U
    Media URN:
    VLVAAYYL1PKH967TRW22KVUWF8T6U
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/09/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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