CBS Evening News for Friday, Jul 07, 1978
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(Studio) USSR announcement of upcoming trial of Jewish dissident Anatoly Shcharansky on chgs. of high treason, despite United States warnings of possible harm to United States-USSR relations, reported Shcharansky stated as being chgd. with being CIA agent; his trial to begin same day as Alexander Ginzburg's.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Report on State Department reaction. Spokesperson Hodding Carter's statements described; concerns about timing of trials, on eve of next round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) discussions between Vance and foreign minister Gromyko, noted. Suggestion that Sovs. may be reacting to President Carter's defense of Shcharansky in June, 1977, news conference mentioned. Film shown. [CARTER - has inquired at State Department and CIA about relations between Shcharansky and CIA. Says this hasn't been case.] United States officials' speculation that Shcharansky and Ginzburg may be exchanged for USSR diplomats awaiting trial in United States on spy chgs. cited.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb
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