CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 12, 1978
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(Studio) CIA loss of nuclear powered spying device placed in Himalayas in 1960's for use in surveillance of China (PR) noted. Mag.'s speculation that device might present radioactive danger to India reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Details given of report in "Outside" magazine, published by "Rolling Stone", with regard to abortive CIA effort to install spy device atop Nanda Devi in Indian Himalayas in 1965 without knowledge of then-Prime Min. Indira Gandhi; is reported that Lyndon Johnson gave approval for expedition. Later successful CIA installation of similar spy device on nearby Nanda Kot and its halted service due to use of spy-in-sky satellite noted. Purpose of device was to spy on China's nuclear bomb tests in Sinkiang Province. Films and photos shown. Confirmation of certain items in report stated; refusal of CIA and National Security Council to comment cited. Demand for investigation in letter to President Carter by Representatives Richard Ottinger and John Dingell mentioned. Mag. article's contention that radioactive contamination could leak into Ganges River, considered holy by Hindus, reported; response to this claim by Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist Henry Kendall and by government experts stated. Possible political reaction by Indian government outlined.
REPORTER: Jim McManus