Eldridge Cleaver and the Black Panthers

Eldridge Cleaver

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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."

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