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CIA, Hughes Connection / Russian Submarine / Glomar Explorer #36304

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 19, 1975
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(Studio) Last summer, CIA rptdly. recovered at least part of Soviet submarine from ocean bottom. Washington, DC sources say salvage operation carried out to retrieve secret Russian code books and missiles; sub broke in half during retrieval attempt and codes and missiles not in part of boat raised. To carry out mission, CIA asked for industrialist billionaire Howard Hughes' help; Hughes built ship for CIA.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Los Angeles, California) Ship's stated purpose was to mine minerals on ocean floor. Workings of Hughes' ship explained; portion of Russian sub actually recovered. [Hughes' OFFICIAL - says Glomar Explorer designed and built for mining ocean floor.] A burglary last year, involving Hughes' personal papers, opened up CIA, Hughes connection.
REPORTER: Ken Kashiwahara

(Studio) President Ford refuses comment on CIA mission.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) [Major General Winant SIDLE - refuses comment.] Most all of official DC refuses comment. Washington, DC not commenting because they're waiting for Soviet Union reaction. [Senator Frank CHURCH - says it's no wonder country going broke with CIA raising 18 year old sub at cost of $350 million.] [Senator Barry GOLDWATER - believes CIA had perfect right to raise submarine.] Russians must go on assumption CIA has whole submarine
REPORTER: David Schoumacher

(Studio) Admiral Hyman Rickover says sub recovery to be of intelligence value.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reporter(s):
Kashiwahara, Ken;
Reasoner, Harry;
Schoumacher, David
Duration:
00:05:10

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