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Madame Nhu Departs U.S. for Rome

Nov. 13, 1963 - Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu left the U.S. today on her way to Rome. She charged in a statement that the former South Vietnamese regime had been betrayed for “a few dollars.” Madame Nhu and her 18-year-old daughter, Ngo Dinh Le Thuy, departed on a Scandinavian Airlines System DC-8 jet, bound for a reunion with her three other children. Before boarding the plane, she said the assassination of President Ngo Dinh Diem and his brother, her husband, had been abetted by American influence. “Judas sold the Christ for 30 pieces of silver,” Madame Nhu read from a 1,200-word statement. “The Ngo brothers and the patriots of Vietnam have been sold for a few dollars — the American aid which would be given back only to those who would not hesitate to turn their guns against their own brothers and suppress the duly elected leaders of Vietnam.” “I am grieved,” she said, “that an American Government to which the Ngo family and so many Vietnamese patriots have trusted to the end could have been the source of the Vietnamese tragedy.”

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