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ABC Evening News for Friday, Aug 25, 1978
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(Studio) Senator Robert Byrd's stated views about possibility that White House will submit any Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreement to Senator as executive agreement rather than as treaty reported Details given. KGB questioning of American busman. Francis Jay Crawford again stated.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Moscow, USSR ) Background of alleged currency violations against Crawford and rumors that he will be traded for 2 Sovs. to go on trial in Newark, New Jersey, for spying, if all are convicted, outlined. [CRAWFORD - denies chgs.] Soviet officials' reported statement to Crawford that they expect to have him back in prison soon mentioned. Crawford noted as International Harvester representative in Moscow.
REPORTER: Charles Bierbauer

(DC) Carter administration position against swapping 2 Soviet spies for Crawford, despite belief that American was set up for such swap, noted. Reasons given; US officials' indication that swap might be considered if Sovs. include dissident Anatoly Shcharansky or American agents secretly imprisoned in eastern Europe reported.
REPORTER: John Scali

Bierbauer, Charles;
Reynolds, Frank;
Scali, John

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