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Shamir's October Surprise Admission

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Later in the interview, I tried to get Shamir to expand on his confirmation that an October Surprise plot had occurred in 1980. But Shamir seemed to have second thoughts about his frankness. After all, the official Israeli position was that the Begin government had not gone behind Carter's back to collaborate with the Republicans.

"Well, I know in America, they know it," Shamir said cryptically. "I have not been interested in it, and I don't remember anything that could help. ..."

"If you did know about it, would you tell us?" I asked.

"No, no, I don't remember such matters, you know," Shamir said with a wry smile.

With that Shamir refused to elaborate further. The planned documentary with the Shamir interview never was aired, since the producers ran out of money before it could be completed. I included more on the interview and other details gleaned from that Israeli trip in my 1993 book, Trick or Treason.

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