John McCain’s Release by Vietcong in 1973: Previously Unseen Video

By MALIN RISING, Associated Press Writer Thu Sep 11, 9:13 AM ET

STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Swedish broadcaster SVT on Thursday released a previously unseen film clip purportedly showing the release of presidential candidate John McCain to the U.S. military in Hanoi in 1973.

former SVT reporter, Erik Eriksson, said he found the video in the network’s archives when he was looking for footage for a book he was writing about his experiences as a war correspondent in Vietnam.

SVT posted the edited 39-second clip on its Web site on Thursday. It shows McCain stepping off a bus with other prisoners. He has a pronounced limp but is not using crutches.

It then shows McCain standing in a lineup when his name is called. He walks up to salute and shake hands with U.S. military officers. The last part of the clip shows a U.S. Air Force jet taxiing on a runway.

Eriksson said the footage was filmed in Hanoi on March 14, 1973, by a Vietnamese photographer whom he had contracted to film the release of U.S. prisoners.

“I don’t know if there is another film from his release. I haven’t seen all the films in the world, but as far as I know there are no others,” Eriksson told The Associated Press.

Tina Wolter, an archive sales executive at SVT, said it was not possible to determine the exact date of the McCain sequence. However, she said other clips from the same material were used in a TV news report on March 24, 1973. Those clips showed other U.S. prisoners being released, but not McCain.

Eriksson said the clip was included on a DVD that he released with his book.

“This summer when I was preparing the release of my book we were putting together a DVD with some of my reports from Vietnam and then I thought, ‘I wonder if we have McCain here?'” Eriksson said.

Per Yng, head of SVT’s national news, confirmed that Eriksson found the film in the network’s archives.

“It’s our material. So we can confirm its authenticity,” Yng said. He could not confirm the date and location of the film, but he said he had no reason to doubt Eriksson’s information.

Eriksson said he was covering the Vietnam war for SVT as well as U.S. networks CBS and NBC.

Eriksson could not recall the name of the Vietnamese cameraman and said he had not been in contact with him after finding the clip.

Palin & Biden Sons Deploy to Iraq, McCain’s son returns – No Special Considerations for these 3

By RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press Writer Fri Sep 5, 4:50 PM ET

WASHINGTON – Iraq is about to become an unusual common ground for the presidential candidates, despite its divisiveness as a campaign issue. Sons of both vice presidential nominees are expected to arrive there soon to join the fighting. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin‘s eldest son, Track, will perform security duties for his brigade’s top officers.

“He’s just like any other infantry soldier here,” said Army Col. Burt Thompson, who heads the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. “He tries to remain as anonymous as he possibly can.”

The deployments of Track Palin and Beau Biden, son of Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden, make the subject an intensely personal one, nevertheless, for their families.

Beau Biden, who is Delaware’s attorney general, is a captain in the Delaware National Guard and will work as a military lawyer in Iraq.

John McCain’s son Jimmy, a Marine, returned earlier this year from Iraq. Another McCain son, Jack, is a senior at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Citing security restrictions, the Army will not say where in Iraq Palin’s or Biden’s units are being sent. Both units are scheduled to be in Iraq for 12 months. Palin’s unit is believed to be headed to Diyala, among the most dangerous of Iraq’s 18 provinces. It extends from the northeastern suburbs of Baghdad to the Iranian border. Diyala has proven to be difficult to control because it is heavily mixed with Sunni Arabs, Shiite Arabs and Kurds. Diyala was the fourth most violent of Iraq’s provinces, averaging more than 3.5 attacks each day, according to figures from June. It has not been returned to Iraqi control and probably won’t be before next year.

Track Palin and Beau Biden have received no special considerations, the Army said. Nor will they. “Absolutely not,” said Capt. John Atwell, Palin’s company commander.

In military parlance, Palin is a “dismount.” He and other soldiers operate armored vehicles called Strykers. Their job is to ensure brigade commanders and their communications remain protected as they move around the country. The Stryker is an eight-wheeled truck that weighs 19 tons. “They’re the secret service for the brigade commander,” said brigade spokesman Maj. Chris Hyde.

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