World: Political Prisoners

The scene was the living room of a Viet Cong representative in Pnompenh, the capital of Cambodia. While reporters, photographers and onlookers milled around, a bespectacled man named Nguyen Van Hieu, the representative in Cambodia of the National Liberation Front and a member of its Central Committee, brought off the elaborately staged affair like an experienced master of ceremonies. In a move obviously calculated to encourage dissent against the Viet Nam war in the U.S., the Viet Cong "symbolically" turned over three U.S. prisoners of war to an American antiwar activist, Thomas Hayden....

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