12:17 PM ET 03/13/97 Salinger claims ``proof'' on TWA missile theory By Christopher Noble PARIS (Reuter) - Former U.S. presidential spokesman Pierre Salinger waded back into a controversy Thursday over the crash last year of a TWA jumbo jet, presenting what he called proof it was shot down by a U.S. Navy missile. The evidence, dismissed in advance by U.S. investigators, consisted mostly of radar images Salinger said backed a theory that the U.S. Navy accidentally shot down Trans World Airlines Flight 800 off New York July 17, killing all 230 people aboard. Salinger and a journalistic team headed Dr. Mike Sommers, an investigative reporter, compiled their allegations in a 69-page report he said proved their case. The images were published simultaneously in the French news magazine Paris Match. ``That (radar) tape done by the air traffic control completely confirms that a missile fired down TWA 800,'' Salinger told a news conference. ``We have now reached the point where we are totally sure that what we are saying is true.'' Salinger, who was spokesman for President John F. Kennedy, called for a full investigation into his allegations by Secretary of Defense William Cohen. In a pre-emptive strike Wednesday, investigators in Washington dismissed the claims ahead of Salinger's conference. ``It's just not true,'' lead investigator James Kallstrom said on NBC television's ``Today Show.'' Salinger said at the news conference that he had given his team's report to Kallstrom four days ago. French Foreign Ministry spokesman Jacques Rummelhardt told a news briefing Paris understood the impatience of families of victims, many of whom were French, but had ``full confidence in the results which will emerge from the U.S. investigation.''