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USSR / United States Defector #315331

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 02, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Moscow, USSR : Wyatt Andrews) USSR reported claiming United States Army Pvt. W.E. Roberts (sic; girlfriend Petra Neumann) defected; details given, scenes shown. [Soviet spokesperson Gennady GERASIMOV - (thru translator) claims Roberts was persecuted in Army for his views; jokes about their honeymoon location.] United States embassy's demoralization here over Marine Corps espionage scandal and criticism of Gerasimov's remark on affair noted. Arrival of new US ambassador Jack Matlock noted. [MATLOCK - assumes security communications will be ready by time Secretary of State George Shultz arrives later.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Pentagon said believing defector may be Pvt. Wade Evan Roberts; details given.

Andrews, Wyatt;
Rather, Dan

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