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USSR / High Tech Espionage #81750

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Nov 20, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) Efforts to prevent KGB from receiving sophisticated computer missile guidance system, originally bound for South Africa and diverted to USSR through Sweden, examined; background to Digital Equipment Corporation `s sale of computers to South African firm of MRI explained. [Courtesy "This Week", assistant defense secretary Richard PERLE - believes computers were intended for USSR all along and thus illegal.] USSR methods of circumventing United States laws against such high tech sales discussed; MRI said previously under investigation for transfer of high technology to Soviets. Bureaucratic bungling allowing South African Dieter Gerhart to arrange shipment of computers to USSR examined; Gerhart noted convicted recently of working for KGB. Swedish officials' stance outlined. [PERLE - notes USSR persistence in obtaining United States technology.] Reagan administration's fear that Congress will weaken current laws pertaining to such situations mentioned.
REPORTER: Anne Garrels

Donaldson, Sam;
Garrels, Anne

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