CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 02, 1979
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(Studio) Recent publication of nuclear weapons information said raising questions about government's protection of such material.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Mistaken declassification of documents containing sensitive info. on thermonuclear weapons reported; public access to data noted. Declassification program undertaken by Atomic Energy Commission in early 1970's recalled; criticism of process used outlined. Implications for ntl. security of recent publication in 2 newspapers of article pertaining to H-bomb design cited. [Energy Department spokesperson Duane SEWELL - says effect of info.'s release is to shorten time element in bomb development] Access to information by foreign visitors, include those from USSR , pointed out by Senator John Glenn. [GLENN - comments.] Energy Department reported removing all sensitive documents from public access as well as tightening declassification system.
REPORTER: Marya McLaughlin
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