According to Dr. Morris, the document had been endorsed (and
therefore authenticated) by two important Soviet Officials.
General Pyotr Ivashutin, head of the Central Committee of the
Communist Party (CCCP) in 1972, had signed an "executive
summary" of the document. Konstantin Katushev, a member
of the Communist party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) secretariat
responsible for relations with ruling Communist Parties, had
hand-written "instructions across the front of Ivashutin's
executive summary; ordering his deputy to prepare a brief report on
the prisoners of war..."
Dr. Morris also points out that both of these individuals are
well-schooled in the "art" of disinformation and
deception, and they held positions that are relatively high and
important within the ruling Soviet infrastructure. I feel it
necessary to point out that they don't appear to be
individuals likely to blindly allow false information to disseminate
within their departments or nest within their archives.
I cannot professionally confirm the authenticity of the
"Quang 1205" document because I am not an expert in
verifying the credibility of such documents. Like those within
the U.S. Government, I can only rely upon my common sense and the
reliability, credibility and judgment of those who are the experts
in this field...and it appears that quite a few 'experts' and
those-in-the-know have given the "Quang 1205" document a
genuine thumb's up.
According to Congressional Records labeled S16404 through S16419:
- Dr. Rudolf Germanovich Pikhoya (Chief State Archivist of the
Russian Federation) stated "I am absolutely certain
that the numbers--that is the numbers of POWs cited by
General Quang are true. I believe the data still
exists in Vietnam which deals specifically with U.S.
POWs...I am absolutely positive that the 1,205 figure is
absolutely true and correct as far as intelligence data is
concerned. As an archivist and someone who has
analyzed a great many documents, military and otherwise, I
can tell you this is an absolute truth."
- General Dmitri Volkogonov stated: "I have studied
exhaustively the mechanism used to gather this document, and
I can state that I do not know of any case where such
information could have been fabricated."
- Captain 1st Rank Alexander Sivets (Main Intelligence
Directorate of the General Staff) stated "I will
reaffirm that the 1205 document could not have been used for
propaganda purposes. It was a top secret document not
intended for anyone outside the chambers of the Vietnamese
Communist Party to see. The document that was sent to
the Central Party Committee is, in fact, an original
document and not a fake. We consider that the
Vietnamese leaders, in their desire to exploit the POW
problem for their own interests, would officially cite a
lower figure than the real one. This is something that
we do not doubt. We believe there were more POWs then
Vietnam was officially admitting to."
- Colonel General Ladygin (Chief, Main Intelligence
Directorate of the General Staff Ministries of Defense)
stated his belief that "General Tran Van Quang,
according to the position he held in the Vietnamese military
political leadership in 1982 would have been fully competent
in the matters stated in the report and qualified to speak
about them at Politburo sessions of the Vietnamese Communist
Party Central Committee.
- In speaking of normalizing relations with North Vietnam, Dr.
Henry Kissinger stated "If that document is authentic,
and it is hard to imagine who would have forged it, for what
purpose, then I think an enormous crime has been committed,
and then we should--I do not see how we can proceed in
normalizing relations until it is fully cleared up."
- During an interview on the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, Former
National Security Adviser (NSA) Zbigniew Brzezinski was
asked "What convinces you this document is
real?" Brzezinski replied "Its style, its
content, the cover note to the Soviet Politburo. One
would have to assume a really, very complex Byzantine
conspiracy to reach the conclusion that this is not an
authentic Soviet document based on a Vietnamese
document." "As far as Vietnam is concerned,
I think if this document is sustained, and it looks
unfortunately to be sustainable, we have the right to ask
the present Vietnamese government to place those responsible
in war crimes trials."