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Special Assignment (Espionage) (Part I) #99330

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jan 06, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) FBI director William Webster's assessment of espionage in US during 1985 quoted; Walker family members cited as example Details of other accused spies Jerry Whitworth, Richard Smith, Larry Wu-Tai Chin, Jonathan Jay Pollard, Anne Henderson Pollard, Ronald Pelton, Karl Koecher, Richard Miller, Randy Jeffries listed on screen.

(DC: John Martin) Motives for espionage examined; Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler recalled. Historical footage shown. [Author Michael STRAIGHT - notes ideological basis of post-WW II espionage for USSR by British and US intellectuals.] Julius and Ethel Rosenberg recalled. [Former CIA director William COLBY -doesn't believe ideology is any longer a factor, just greed.] Payments received by convicted spies William Kampiles (1978), Christopher Boyce (1981), James Harper (1984) and Whitworth cited as exs. Est. earnings from espionage by John Walker, according to former wife, mentioned. [Sec. expert General Richard STILWELL - describes personality traits linked to espionage.] [Senator Patrick LEAHY - responds.] [STILWELL - explains supporting reward system for informants.

Reporter(s):
Jennings, Peter;
Martin, John
Duration:
00:05:10

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