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Iron Curtain Prisoner Exchange #53756

ABC Evening News for Monday, May 01, 1978
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(Studio) Prisoner exchange through Iron Curtain noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Studio) Release of USSR spy Robert Thompson from Pennsylvania prison stated. Return freedom granted young American imprisoned in East Germany reported.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Berlin, West Germany) Details given with regard to exchange of former KGB officer Robert Thompson for Minnesota student Alan Van Norman. [VAN NORMAN - talks of trying to smuggle E. German family out to West] Thompson's arrival in company of East Germany attorney Wolfgang Vogel, credited with arranging swap, mentioned. Speculation of forthcoming eastern-w. swap involving Soviet dissident Anatoly Shcharansky noted.
REPORTER: Kati Marton

Jennings, Peter;
Marton, Kati;
Reasoner, Harry

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