ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 27, 1978
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(Studio) Reaction of American busman. Francis J. Crawford on release from Moscow prison noted. His surveillance by KGB agents mentioned.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Moscow, USSR ) Conditions and confusion surrounding Crawford's arrest in Moscow on currency violation chgs. and his eventual release into custody of United States ambassador Malcolm Toon detailed. United States release of 2 Sovs. jailed on espionage chgs. mentioned. Crawford's imprisonment noted.
REPORTER: Charles Bierbauer
(DC) Unprecedented USSR action in chging. "New York Times" reporter Craig Whitney and "Baltimore Sun" reporter Harold Piper with slander detailed. Photos shown. Suspected reasons for reporters' arrests, stemming from recent items on dissidents, outlined. Phone interview with Whitney by reporter Sam Donaldson played. [WHITNEY - says they suspect case is about interview 2 reporters had with dissident in Soviet Georgia in which claims were made by dissident's family about Sovs.' fabrication of his repentance. Notes authorities haven't told them anything.] Statement of USSR ambassador Dobrynin quoted. Dobrynin's custody of 2 Sovs. jailed in United States on spy chgs. and speculation that Sovs. want to make even swap of 2 Sovs. for American busman. Crawford reported Secretary Vance's concerns about situation, told to Dobrynin in Soviet's call to State Department outlined.
REPORTER: John Scali
(Studio) Other news from USSR involves berserk attack on 2 Swedish tourists by Soviet guard outside Intourist Hotel in Moscow, Siberian Pentacostalists' barricading of selves inside United States embassy in attempt to get exit visas and another Soviet space launch, in which one cosmonaut is from Poland, that will link up with cosmonauts already in orbit. Photos shown.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
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