Lukas, J. Anthony. "Cleaver Is Said to Seek War Prisoner Trade for Jailed Panthers."
New York Times, October 22, 1969, p. 18.
It was revealed during the Chicago Eight trial that Eldridge Cleaver, then in Algeria, was
attempting to set up an exchange between the United States and the North Vietnamese
government (or the South's National Liberation Front, it was unclear which). The potential
exchange reportedly involved an exchange of American P.O.W.'s for jailed Black Panthers
Bobby Seale and Huey Newton. The announcement was made by Rennard Davis, one of the Chicago
Eight, during a recess in the trial. "Asked why North Vietnam would be interested in the
release of Mr. Seale and Newton, Mr. Davis declined to answer."