ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 24, 1978
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(Studio) International prisoner swap about to take place noted. Reports are on details.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(No location given) Persons involved in swap have been held on suspicion or conviction of spying in US, West and East Germany, Cuba, USSR and Mozambique. Release from Mozambique of Miron Marcus, who goes to South Africa, detailed. Other possible releases and exchanges are: convicted Soviet spy. Robert Thompson now in Pennsylvania federal prison, who will go to East Germany; Alan Van Norman, now imprisoned in East Germany; Soviet dissident Anatoly Shcharansky, possibly to go to Israel; other Soviet spy or spies held in W.; and Puerto Rican ntlist. Lolita Lebron, now in American prison, in swap for accused CIA spy Lawrence Lunt, imprisoned in Cuba. Photos shown. Representative Benjamin Gilman's participation in arranging swaps noted. [GILMAN - hopes this will lead to other exchanges.] (Interview by reporter Bill Stewart.)
REPORTER: John Martin
(DC) Upcoming negotiations for further swaps, between Gilman and E. German attorney Wolfgang Vogel, noted; is noted Vogel is attorney who helped arrange swap of downed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for imprisoned Soviet spy. Discussions to concern trade involving Shcharansky; details given, include State Department report that this doesn't mean Shcharansky was ever United States spy and unusu. negotiating situation between Gilman and Vogel.
REPORTER: John Scali
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