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US-USSR Rel. / SDI/Star Wars #553274

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 22, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(San Francisco, California: Brian Ross) Former computer scientist Charles McVey captured in connection with high-tech smuggling ring said working with USSR . McVey said to have made arrangements with KGB to attain SDI/Star Wars computer program. Saxpy Computer corporation said to be KGB target because it houses the supercomputer able to do billions of calculations per second. Such sophisticated technology said required for SDI/Star Wars computer program. Part of software said stolen. [Company spokesperson River Sanborn TOWELL - says this technology is very desirable to the KGB.] 3 people said arrested, include computer scientist Kevin Andersen. Video of Andersen shown. Andersen said to have flown to USSR to negotiate payment for supercomputer software. Andersen said to have met with top man in USSR space program Roald Sagdeev. Software noted found near San Jose, California but USSR said to have come too close to getting SDI/Star Wars technology.

Brokaw, Tom;
Ross, Brian

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