Dr. Morris knew when he uncovered this document that he had uncovered an important piece of information concerning the candidness, or the lack thereof, of the Vietnamese Government regarding the PoW/MIA issue.
The Clinton Administrations first inclination was to classify the document top secret. Because the Clinton Administration had something in mind respective to Vietnam. He was preparing to:
Lift US objections to the World Bank lending IMF funds to Vietnam;
Over the objections of virtually every Veteran Organization, Family members, over 50 former Prisoners of War and the PoW/MIA community in general, he lifted the US imposed trade embargo against Vietnam;
Less than two years later, again over the objections of the Veteran Organizations, Family members, 50+ former Prisoners of War and the PoW/MIA community he re-estalished diplomatic relations with Vietnam.
*Senator Bob Smith (R-NC) is probably the best friend that the PoW/MIA community has on the Hill. He had his wife hand deliver a letter to President Yeltsin because he did not trust official channels. What does that tell you?
So let's recap; What we have here folks is a General of the Vietnamese Army made a report to the Vietnamese Central Committee, a closed session of that Committe and he was reporting on, in part, the fact that in September, 1972 the Vietnamese were holding 1,205 Americans as Prisoner of War. As we know only 591 came home.
When Dr. Morris uncovered this document, he did so in early 1993, just after the Clinton Administration took office. When he turned it over to Clinton Administration officials, where was the uproar? Where was the moral indignation? What did the Clinton Administration do with the document? They Classified it! But Dr. Morris also gave a copy of it to the New York Times.
Dr. Kissinger and Former NSA Brzezinski both felt that the document was authentic and both viewed proceeding further with Vietnam hinged upon getting to the bottom of this document. But the big companies didn't want a little matter of 614 PEOPLE to stand in their greedy ways and pressured and lobbied this administration to lift the embargo and proceed toward normalization, which we have done.
Interestingly, General Van Tran Quang is still alive and has not been debriefed by US investigators, although he was spoken to by Undersecretary of State Winston Lord several months ago--but NOT about the 1,205 document. Keep that in mind the next time you hear about "excellent" or "superb" cooperation.
We have the Chief Russian Archivist, the Head of the Russian Intelligence Agency, the equivalent of our own Defense Intelligence Agency, as well as General Dmitri Volkogonov, the equivalent of our Director of Central Intelligence, admitting the authenticity of this document. We also have several officers of the GRU admitting to this documents authenticity. Remember, during the Vietnam War, the Russians were friends of the Vietnamese Government. Why would they lie? What would be their reason?
It should be stated that the source for the above information regarding those that are quoted comes from the floor of the United States Senate and can be found by obtaining pages S16404 through S16419 of the Congressional Record. Don't just take our word for it, research it for yourself!