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Soviet Radiation / United States Embassy / Reaction #246753

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 04, 1976
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(Studio) Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold closed hearing Tuesday with regard to Soviet radiation beamed at United States embassy in Moscow.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Moscow, USSR ) Soviet workers under American contract install antiradiation screens at United States embassy to block Soviet microwaves beamed at embassy since 1959. Radiation was kept secret, although President Lyndon B. Johnson and Premier Alexei Kosygin discussed issue at 1967 Glassboro summit meeting Film shows meeting Soviets boosted intensity of radiation this year State Department sent over medical team which discovered 80% of American workers developed high white corpuscle blood counts. 2nd test being made and medical records of all American workers in USSR being checked. Officials say screens reduce health hazard by 90%. Soviets rptdly. lowered microwave intensity. Ambassador Walter Stoessel's desk moved away from window. Cancer deaths of Stoessel's predecessors noted. Stoessel suffers from pernicious anemia. [Chairperson department of radiology, George Washington University, Dr. South David ROCKOFF - notes dangers of microwave radiation.] Conspiracy of silence occurs about subject of Soviet radiation. Secretary Kissinger and Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin recently met with regard to subject. [Assistant director North Africa, Near E. and South Asia, David NALLE - comments on his child suffering from headaches while in USSR .] [ROCKOFF - says doesn't understand total effect of radiation.] American diplomats feel they've been betrayed by own government by not being told of possible dangers from radiation.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin
Duration:
00:04:50

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