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US-USSR Relations / High Tech Espionage #534972

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 18, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Vienna, Austria) Disappearance of Frank and Carol Bassere, sought by fed. investigators in connection with smuggling of high technology to USSR examined; Bassere noted chairperson of Technics Incorporated Circumstances surrounding their disappearance since August 1983 reviewed. [NEIGHBOR - notes couple's prolonged absence.] Bassere and wife reported in Europe to avoid arrest in US. KGB's alleged recruitment of United States businessmen such as Bassere out of Vienna discussed; United States intelligence noted claiming Vienna-based Xennon Company, run by Gerd Walter, is KGB conduit. Walter's suspected role in recruiting Bassere mentioned. Extent of Walter's alleged high tech espionage for USSR described; Bassere's role in helping Walter smuggle computer chip manufacturing components explained.
REPORTER: Brian Ross

Brokaw, Tom;
Ross, Brian

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