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CIA, Hughes Collaboration / Russian Submarine/ Glomar Explorer #239116

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 19, 1975
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(Studio) Ford administration refuses comment on latest CIA spy story, involving collaboration between CIA and billionaire Howard Hughes. Purpose of mission was to find codes books and missiles of sunken Russian submarine.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Long Beach, California) Hughes' Glomar Explorer rptdly. deep-sea mining vessel, but was really used to help raise sub from ocean floor last summer. [Attorney Lester OSTROV - says ship physically unlike any normal shipping vessel.] Glomar Explorer built to link up with barge, also built with deep-sea mining cover story. Sources deliberately vague on details of operation, but few details of operation outlined. Glomar recovered only part of submarine Bodies found in wreckage, buried at sea with ceremony. [Hughes' spokesperson Richard HANNAH - refuses to speculate on story.] Glomar allegedly would have tried to salvage rest of sub this summer, but cover now blown.
REPORTER: Richard Wagner

(Studio) Submarine recovery operation, Project Jennifer, considered top secret. CIA tried to suppress story from news agencies.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) As Yugoslavian prime minister arrives at White House, reporters learn all DC officials refusing comment on Project Jennifer. [Major General Winant SIDLE - refuses to comment.] Sources believe Russians knew of Glomar's real mission long before it came to light. Admin. debating whether to confirm report
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Reaction in Congress follows.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) [Senator Stuart SYMINGTON - suggests CIA needs different leadership if they carried out Project Jennifer without approval or knowledge of Congress] [Representative Lucien NEDZI - thinks something could be learned from review of how these decisions were made.] [Senator Frank CHURCH - says key question is how much are we getting for money spent.] Colby tried to keep story under cover; reasons given. After talking with Colby last night, columnist Jack Anderson finally broke story.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

(Studio) Soviet foreign minister refuses comment on story.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Mudd, Roger;
Schieffer, Bob;
Schorr, Daniel;
Wagner, Richard

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