US embassy cable - 92ZAGREB2856

NBC "TODAY" REQUEST TO INTERVIEW CHARGE

Identifier: 92ZAGREB2856
Wikileaks: View 92ZAGREB2856 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Zagreb
Created: 1992-12-31 10:47:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: OPRC HR BK War Crimes
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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UNCLASSIFIED  ZAGREB 02856 
 
SIPDIS 
 
LIMITED OFFICIAL USE 
FOR PA, HA, AND EUR 
 
FOR DELIVERY AT OOB, 12/31/92 
 
E.O. 12356:  N/A 
TAGS: OPRC, HR, BK, War Crimes 
SUBJECT:  NBC "TODAY" REQUEST TO INTERVIEW CHARGE 
 
 
ACTION REQUESTED ASAP DECEMBER 31. 
 
1.  NBC "TODAY" SHOW REPORTER/PRODUCER MURIEL RUBINE 
IS IN CROATIA PREPARING A PIECE ON ATROCITIES IN 
BOSNIA-HERCEGOVINA, FOCUSSED HEAVILY ON THE WIDELY- 
PUBLICIZED REPORTS OF MASS RAPE.  SHE HAS BEEN 
INTERVIEWING VICTIMS, WITNESSES, AND CROATIAN AND 
BOSNIAN ACTIVISTS ON THIS ISSUE.  SHE HAS ASKED TO 
INTERVIEW THE CHARGE ON CAMERA TO OBTAIN TWO OR THREE 
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20-SECOND "BITES" FOR INCLUSION IN AN OVERALL 
7-8-MINUTE PIECE. 
 
2.  HAVING DISCUSSED WITH RUBINE THE QUESTIONS TO BE 
ASKED, CHARGE, WITH THE DEPARTMENT'S CONCURRENCE, IS 
WILLING TO DO THE INTERVIEW.  IN OUR DISCUSSIONS WITH 
RUBINE, SHE HAS VOLUNTEERED THAT SHE IS IMPRESSED 
WITH THE USG'S AND THE DEPARTMENT'S RECORD ON THE 
ATROCITIES/WAR CRIMES ANGLE OF THE EX-YUGO TRAGEDY. 
SHE WOULD ASK THE CHARGE HOW ONE PERSONALLY ARRIVES 
AT THE CONCLUSION THAT THE ALLEGATIONS OF MASS 
ATROCITIES AND RAPES ARE CREDIBLE AND ABOUT THE 
DEGREE TO WHICH THE ATROCITIES THUS FAR REPORTED 
APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN SYSTEMATIC, AS OPPOSED TO THE 
RANDOM ACTS OF UNDISCIPLINED SOLDIERS AT WAR.  AT 
CHARGE'S INSISTENCE, THE QUESTIONS WOULD HAVE TO BE 
FOCUSSED ON HIS PERSONAL IMPRESSIONS OF THE ATROCITY 
PHENOMENON, NOT/NOT ON LEGAL OPINIONS REGARDING WAR 
CRIMES, OR CURRENT, BROADER USG EX-YUGO POLICY. 
 
3.  RUBINE WOULD LIKE TO DO THE INTERVIEW IN THE NEXT 
TWO DAYS.  THEREFORE, WE WOULD APPRECIATE CONCURRENCE 
ASAP DECEMBER 31. 
 
NEITZKE 
 
 
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