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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Interview on CBS Evening News
Washington, DC, August 10, 1998
As released by the Office of the Spokesman, August 17, 1998
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QUESTION: The 11 Americans killed in the bombing in Nairobi, Kenya, were all US Embassy personnel or their dependents. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is in our Washington bureau now. Secretary Albright, we know you're being kept briefed. Is the claim of responsibility that we've heard about being considered credible?

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Well, we are doing a very in-depth investigation at this point, and there's no way to confirm that. I think that it's very important that we really concentrate on having this investigation look at all the possibilities. It would not be responsible of me or any other official at this moment to confirm information that we do not have.

This is going to be an in-depth investigation, I can assure you. We're all very concerned about what has happened, and all attempts are being made by all the appropriate agencies to investigate it in-depth.

QUESTION: Can you at least say you're confident that there's movement towards finding out whoever is responsible?

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Well, there's an awful lot of work being done on it. The FBI and all investigators are on the spot now there. I think in the pictures that you showed, you saw the difficulty of what is happening. All the systems are in place in order to have this investigation go as fast as it possibly can. These are very complicated investigations, and they will be taking care of very, very carefully. I think the American people would want us to investigate this fully.

QUESTION: This must be very frustrating for you. Is there any way, really, to react to a terrorist event that doesn't feed the terrorist's goals?

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Well, it's a terrible time in terms of the Americans that are out there representing us -- the people that work for the State Department, my colleagues that are out there doing the job representing the best interests of the United States and our democracy. The way that we don't give in to terrorist goals is to stand up and not be pushed off the world scene. I think the President made very clear that it would be against our character to back down in any way. The only way that the terrorists will succeed is if we do not pursue what is a global problem -- the terrorist threat -- do not investigate and do not do everything we can to make sure that people are protected.

QUESTION: Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, thank you for joining us.

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Thank you.

[End of Document]

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