Lebanon Screen Test a U.S. Hostage's Plea

The 56-second tape was apparently filmed by the kidnapers on a home videocassette. Then it mysteriously came into the hands of Visnews, a British television news agency. And last week the footage, showing pale but well- groomed U.S. Diplomat William Buckley standing in front of a bare wall and holding a Beirut newspaper, appeared on TV screens across the U.S. "Today, the 22nd of January 1985, I am well, and my friends Benjamin Weir and Jeremy Levin are also well," said Buckley. "We ask that our Government take action for our release quickly." In response, President Reagan assured reporters that efforts...

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