Transcript for Richard Jewell, in His Own Words
Good evening we begin tonight with a man who wants his good name back. Three months ago at the Olympics Richard Jewell was called a hero. Before he was called the one and only suspect in the Olympic bombing. Three months ago it was said he done exactly what he was supposed to do. When he saw a suspicious package before it was said far and wide that he fits the profile of a lone bomber. And now after the Justice Department wrote him a letter this weekend saying he was the longer the target of an FBI investigation. Today mr. Jewell was able to look the enemy in the face and say what he thought of the FBI. And us. ABC's Valerie Williams is in Atlanta. Excuse us success for us thank today Richard Jewell was against pummeling his way through the media. That this time it was on his own terms after 88 days of hell. It's hard to believe that it is really over. Jewel rent from a prepared statement holding his emotions and chat until we begin thinking those who stayed with him mom. Thanks for stand by me when fully. I love and then he spoke directly to those who made this period in his life so difficult. In their mad rest of the full their own personal agendas. The FBI and the media. Almost destroyed. Me and my mother your cameras and the FBI followed my every man. I felt like a hunted animal. Followed constantly. Waiting to be killed. I'll mop the floor recede below this weekend saying he was no longer the target of the investigation. Jewel lewd each day under constant scrutiny. Half a dozen FBI agents and the media routinely stakes out his apartment. But not until today has a become known what the FBI based search warrants on for weeks federal authorities have been fighting to keep these affidavits serial. But a judge here in Atlanta out. Just ordered their release heavily censored to protect FBI witnesses the documents outlined conversations Jewell have with friends and acquaintances. But there's no evidence directly linking him to the crime. I think that every American ought to be scared to death. About how little it takes. For the government. To investigate Ortiz search you and a seizure property. For Jewell there is the uncertain dream overturning the law enforcement but most importantly for now he just wants to be a man without a past. Valerie Williams ABC news Atlanta. It takes only a moment or two to sense how profoundly hurt mr. Jewell has been by all this we talked to him a little while ago. This is Judy said at your news conference this morning that part of your nightmare was over what part is still going on. Well sir. Support it's still going on is that I'm unemployed. I had planned on stand my mother's apartment this long and you know everywhere dead people stare at me people point at me. And you know in the back area what body's mine because of the tanked that I received. I will never be able completely clear my mind. How did the FBI deceive you I think that's more question from mount turns out really rather not compound matters this. But when the FBI first came to see what today say to you. May tell me that they wanted me to do day training film for chronic. And that. They thought I was a hero and that they want to train FBI agents on how to respond and a emergency. Situation. Do you intend to bring suit against the FBI or any individuals and the FBI. We plan on looking at and in a talking to everyone and anyone. That is liable myself or my mother. And that would include the FBI individuals in the FBI. Yes or from my it is either in the deficit have column. Will you go ahead with your lawsuits against the media yes sir we're. How do you regard the media after the ECB days. There prompted. Would you like to expand on the think that pretty much sums it up how difficult do you think it will be few to get your life. Back to something resembling normal. I really don't. That's the future. On the right now surpass. I can take the future one day at a time. And not put my shoulder forward do the best I can and that's where a plan today OK thank you mr. Jones.
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