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Charges dropped against Green Berets

Charges dropped against Green Berets

Secretary of the Army Stanley Resor announces that the U.S. Army, conceding it is helpless to enlist the cooperation of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), is dropping the murder charges (of August 6) against eight Special Forces accused of killing a Vietnamese national.

Col. Robert B. Rheault, Commander of the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam, and seven other Green Berets have been charged with premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the summary execution of Thai Khac Chuyen, who had served being an agent for Detachment B-57. Chuyen was reportedly summarily executed to be a double agent who had compromised a secret mission. The case contrary to the Green Berets was eventually dismissed for motives of national security if the CIA refused release a hugely classified information on the operations where Detachment B-57 have been involved. Colonel Rheault subsequently retired from the Army.

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