NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 27, 1978
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(Studio) USSR release of American busman. Jay [Francis J.] Crawford and orders to reporters Craig Whitney, of "New York Times", and Harold Piper, of "Baltimore Sun", to be in court on Wednesday to face chgs. of slandering USSR government agency noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Basis for chgs. against newsmen allegedly due to items they wrote after trip together to Soviet Georgia and State Department officials' belief that impt. fact in incident is just that Sovs. decided to prosecute detailed. Photos shown. Phone interview with Piper played. [PIPER - states reasons he believes might be cause for timing of slander chgs.] State Department reaction reported [Department spokesperson Hodding CARTER - discusses lack of info. about chgs., reasons for them and any connection between this case and others like Crawford.] USSR ambassador Dobrynin's news conference on another subject, during which he comments on reporters' situation, mentioned; amb.'s later meeting with Secretary of State Vance noted. Vance's attempts to arrange meeting with foreign minister Gromyko in Europe next month, to discuss Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) and continued tension between 2 ntns., reported.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani
(Studio) Details about Crawford's release given. State Department's denial that Crawford will be swapped for 2 Sovs. chgd. with espionage in United States noted. Report on Siberian Pentecostalists' barricading of selves inside United States embassy in Moscow in attempt to get exit visas. Details given about killings of Swedish tourists and wounding of another by young Russian in front of Intourist Hotel in Moscow.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Studio) Report on launch of another USSR space flight on which 1st Polish cosmonaut goes into orbit. Film shown.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
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