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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 1045-04
October 20, 2004

Statement by Secretary Rumsfeld on the Death of Paul Nitze

Paul Nitze was an architect of the strategy that defended America and the free world through the decades-long struggle against the Soviet Empire.

His keen intellect and driving energy helped to give the hope of freedom to millions who were trapped behind the iron curtain.

Through his long and distinguished public career and service to our nation, he remained the model of honor and integrity. And he was a good friend of several decades. I will miss him greatly.

I extend deepest condolence to his family.

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