• Short Summary

    An American convicted of spying for the Soviet Union was exchanged on Monday (1 May) for an American student goaled in East Germany for helping people escape to the West.

  • Description

    An American convicted of spying for the Soviet Union was exchanged on Monday (1 May) for an American student goaled in East Germany for helping people escape to the West. The spy, Robert Thompson, aged 53, was released on Saturday from gaol in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, after serving 12 of his 30-year sentence. The student, Alan Van Norman, has been in East German custody since his arrest last August.

    SYNOPSIS: The exchange took place on the forecourt of the American mission in West Berlin. On his arrival at West Berlin's Tegel airport by jet from the United States, Mr. Thompson was whisked out of a side door to avoid newsmen. At the American mission, both Thompson and Norman were closely guarded, newsmen were kept well away. Eventually Thompson, the convicted spy, was escorted from the building into a waiting car and driven off. He was accompanied by Wolfgang Vogel, the East German lawyer who arranged the exchange.

    The student, Alan Van Norman, spoke with reporters.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADB2HLOFGLZN035NTP3ITSFOPF
    Media URN:
    VLVADB2HLOFGLZN035NTP3ITSFOPF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/05/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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