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Special Assignment (Espionage) (Part III) #99370

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 08, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) President Reagan, in last night's news conf., reported defense use of polygraph tests against government employees on basis of national security

(DC: John Martin) Govt.'s effort to improve and tighten national security examined. [FBI agent Roger BURRILL - advises execs. on possible KGB overtures.] [FBI spokesperson James GEER - explains purpose of misinformation program.] FBI recruitment of engineer William Tanner to spy on E. Germans cited as example [TANNER - recalls experience.] Arrest of Tanner's E. German contact Alfred Zehe mentioned. Factors allowing FBI to arrest accused spies Randy Jeffries and Jonathan Pollard described. [General Richard STILWELL - thinks Pollard case demonstrates strengths of FBI counterintelligence efforts.] No. arrests of spy suspects in past 2 years noted. [Senator Patrick LEAHY - criticizes FBI's failure to receive security clearances; cites John Walker case as example] FBI's efforts to improve security detailed. [Defense Investigative Service director Ev GRAVELLE - cites inability to guarantee total security]

Jennings, Peter;
Martin, John

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