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Hydrogen Bomb Instructions #263830

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 17, 1979
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Discovery of detailed instructions for trigger mechanism on hydrogen bomb by Harvard student, Dmitri Rotow, using public library at Energy Department's Los Alamos branch reported; films shown. Energy Department's response with regard to declassification of report, available to public for past 4 years, stated. Discovery of similar material by Rotow a year ago, causing reconsideration of library materials by Energy Department recalled; his discovery this time said while on assignment by "Progressive" magazine "Progressive" said presently being sued by government with regard to article on hydrogen bombs. [ROTOW - explains how he discovered instruction.] [Senator John GLENN - expresses concern with regard to availability of same material to foreign agents.] Claims by ACLU, defending "Progressive" magazine, that new clampdown at Los Alamos library is interfering with its case stated Energy Department reported reviewing all declassified materials at library. Rotow quoted with regard to copies of report
REPORTER: Barry Serafin (KCGM-TV newsfilm) (Call letters blurred on screen)

Reporter(s):
Mudd, Roger
Duration:
00:02:20

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