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US-USSR Relations / Dissident Trials / Espionage / Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (Salt) #54675

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 12, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's public denial that Anatoly Shcharansky, one of dissidents on trial in USSR , was United States intelligence agent noted. Contd. tension in United States-USSR relations due to trials stated.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) President Carter's interview with foreign press representatives, recorded on Tuesday, reported; film shown. President's statement of Shcharansky's innocence noted as making it impossible for Sovs. to find him guilty without calling United States President liar. [CARTER - says espionage charge against Shcharansky is patently false and Sovs. know it. Thinks only condemnation of Soviet action will be world reaction. Says there are things that can be done and are being considered, but that United States has no means of interfering in internal affairs of USSR or determining trial outcome.] Press Secretary Jody Powell's refusal to comment on report that certain trade deals with Sovs. will be denied because of trials reported.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) USSR indications of retaliatory actions concerning United States arrests of Soviet spies noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Alleged evidence given by Soviet officials in United States to State Department re: reported wiretapping in USSR embassy in Washington, DC and Soviet consulate in San Francisco detailed; also reported is Sovs.' threat to reveal cases of Americans expelled from USSR for alleged spying. Cases of CIA agent Martha Peterson and United States embassy employee Vincent Crockett and wife stated. Incident in Moscow involving Crockett described. Film and photograph shown.
REPORTER: John Scali

(Studio) May arrest of 2 Soviet United Nations employees chgd. with spying for USSR in United States mentioned.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Prosecution attempts to link Shcharansky with CIA in his Moscow trial and prosecution sentencing request in trial of Alexander Ginzburg reported.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Moscow, USSR ) Explanation given about recent developments in cycle of action and reaction between United States and USSR . Case of Sovs. arrested on spy chgs. in New Jersey, foreign minister Andrei Gromyko's statements about this and cases of Americans Martha Peterson, Francis J. Crawford and reporters Craig Whitney, of "New York Times", and Hal Piper, of "Baltimore Sun", stated. Details given about Shcharansky and Ginzburg trials; chgs. that Shcharansky had espionage link with "Los Angeles Times" reporter Robert Toth noted. Leonid Shcharansky's reports about brother's trial stated. Trial of Anatoly Filatov mentioned.
REPORTER: Charles Bierbauer Artist: Freda Reiter

(Studio) Report on Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) talks in Geneva.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Geneva, Switzerland) Details of meeting between Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and foreign minister Gromyko given. [GROMYKO - responds to question about dissident trials and Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) talks.] Vance's report of President Carter's message to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev noted. Vance's reported anger about United Nations ambassador Andrew Young's statement in French press interview that United States has thousands of pol. prisoners stated.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Responses of White House and Senator Barry Goldwater to Young's statement reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Bierbauer, Charles;
Donaldson, Sam;
Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jennings, Peter;
Reynolds, Frank;
Scali, John

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