ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 13, 1978
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(Studio) USSR arrest in Moscow of United States busman. Francis Crawford, International Harvester representative from Alabama, on chgs. of smuggling reported United States embassy belief with regard to violations stated. Photo shown.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Studio) Reasons for doubts about Crawford's guilt in matter listed. United States officials' lack of surprise at arrest because of Soviet efforts to prove United States is reason for current tensions between 2 ntns. reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) USSR foreign minister Andrei Gromyko's alleged recent warning to Secretary of State Cyrus Vance about Soviet retaliation if United States didn't stop public crackdowns on Soviet espionage activity reported Gromyko's supposed reaction to American arrest of 2 Soviet employees of United Nations on chgs. of trying to steal United States defense secrets described; upcoming public trial noted. United States officials'view of Crawford arrest as retaliatory measure and his being held as hostage for 2 Sovs. stated. Soviet news photograph shown. Soviet deliberate publication of details of spy chgs. against CIA operative at United States embassy, Martha Peterson, cited. Recent United States embassy discovery of bugging in embassy recalled. President Carter's necessary decision about whether publicity on espionage helps or hinders United States-USSR relations stated.
REPORTER: John Scali
(Studio) USSR proposals for troop cuts on each side in Europe reported and study by United States officials stated.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) Soviet training exercise film shown. Growth of Warsaw Pact forces in e. Europe, outnumbering NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) ground troops and tanks, detailed; Soviet past arguments for percent reduction in troops noted. Apparent change in USSR attitude, with some qualifications, toward acceptance of limit on troops for both sides reported and United States officials' response to this cited.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore
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