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The National Intelligence Council "we think Hanoi has not been completely forthcoming on certain POW/MIA matters,". It also said "In some instances we believe full disclosure would prove embarrassing to the regime," and finally said said "live-sighting" probes - information about living POWs possibly left behind since the end of the conflict - but "none has generated any credible evidence of American POWs left in Vietnam,"(20 ).

It was discovered that the Vietnamese government conducted "misinformation program" through "misinformation program" during the 1980's to confuse the POW MIA issue. With the possible intent to the ``possible intent to discredit refugee reports (on POW-MIAs)'' and cause a "detrimental impact on DIA resources,"(21 ).

Documents from Defense Intelligence Agency mention that US Prisoners where alive after the war and ``the couple dozen MIAs who were known to have been captured alive but who never showed up in the prison system'' A memo written by Thomas Brooks said ``It is clear that Congressman Hendon will be using our files to discredit us (and he will have lots of ammunition there).''(22 ).

In 1994 President Clinton ended the 19 year trade embargo with Vietnam. The Negative reaction was almost immediate. Republican Senator from New Hampshire and Vietnam vet Bob Smith said "Clearly, Vietnam has not yet been fully forthcoming." And continued "Bill Clinton refused to serve in Vietnam, protested the war and has no military experience," Smith also said "Yet he thinks he understands Vietnam better than the families who have endured years of uncertainty, national veteran organizations whose members have lost life and limb in defense of America, and the majority of former POWs who sacrificed years of their lives in captivity."(23 ).

All of this seems incredible and could easily dismiss as the claims of someone who can not accept the loss of a loved one, Or less than ethical people exploiting the fore mentioned loved ones for the advancement exploiters own personal agenda. One claim was many of the MIA were moved to other countries, this is why there is no trace of them in the country they disappeared.

U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense Jerry D. Jennings who is in charge of the search for Missing in action service personnel said "I think if there were high-value prisoners, they would have taken them out" to the former Soviet Union. But noted . "There have been clues, the problem is there is no hard evidence." (24 ).

A report called "Gulag Study" gave some evidence that Americans had been transferred from Indochina to the former Soviet Union. It said, "Several points have become clear," that "First, Americans, including American servicemen, were imprisoned in the former Soviet Union." and concluded "Despite our extensive efforts we have not yet acquired definitive, verifiable information" of the fate of these prisoners (25 ).

The Chinese government disclosed that an American soldier who had been captured during the Korean conflict. The soldier had died after he had been moved to China, a week after he became "mentally Ill". Army Sgt. Richard G. Desautels, of Shoreham, the 18-year old corporal, a member of A Company, 2nd Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, was captured when his unit encountered a Chinese assault near Kunu-ri, North Korea, on Dec. 1, 1950. he died on April 29, 1953. All of this comes after decades of denial of Chinese denials of hold American Prisoners in China(26 ).

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