An unauthorized video of Presidential candidate John McCain causes controversy.
Less than two weeks before Election Day, The French National Archives has released footage of John McCain as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, showing him lying injured in bed and smoking a cigarette during a tearful interview with a French reporter.
The video (which lasts four minutes and 33 seconds) shows McCain shirtless and unshaven, smoking a cigarette. Answering questions from the reporter, he spoke about being shot down over Hanoi on Oct. 25, 1967, and parachuting into a lake.
When McCain speaks about his family, McCain's lower lip trembles and his voice breaks.
"I was on a flight over the city (Hanoi) ... and I was bombing and I was hit by a missile or anti-aircraft fire, I'm not sure which," McCain said, adding that his plane "went straight down."
After plunging into the lake, McCain said he "was picked up and taken to the hospital, where I almost died."
McCain also says he was treated well by his Vietnamese captors. And when asked about the food, he says, "It's not like Paris ... (but) I eat it."
The exact date of the interview is not clear, but it appeared to be taken in late 1967.
Mei Chen Chalais, the reporter's 56-year-old widow who holds the legal rights to the footage, told The Associated Press that some excerpts are available -- mostly unauthorized -- online and are being aired by television networks in France and the United States.
McCain's campaign website features a portion of the footage, which Chalais said was posted without her permission. Chalais' lawyers have sent a letter on the rights issue to McCain's campaign team.