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Excerpts from Soviet Article on Jailed American Reporter

September 9, 1986

MOSCOW (AP) _ Here are excerpts from the article on jailed American reporter Nicholas Daniloff printed in the government newspaper Izvestia on Monday. The English translation was done by the official Tass news agency:

On September 7, an investigator of the U.S.S.R. State Security Committee (KGB), together with a military prosecutor official brought in an indictment against Nicholas Daniloff, a U.S. citizen, who was detained on August 30 this year, when performing a secret espionage action.

The indictment states that sufficient evidence has been obtained in connection with the case of Nicholas Daniloff ... giving ground to maintain that he, being connected with U.S. secret services, on their assignment and using the status of foreign correspondent in the Soviet Union, engaged in espionage, gathering secret data in various ways for using them to the detriment of the national interests of the Soviet Union.

Upon familiarizing himself with the indictment, Nicholas Daniloff reluctantly put his signature and his capacity changed: from a suspect he turned into the accused.

The day of August 30 turned out to be hectic for Nicholas Daniloff: he had a lot to do before his forthcoming departure from Moscow at the end of the period of his work in the U.S.S.R. But nothing was so urgent as to compare with the upcoming important meeting which he was waiting for so impatiently. The day before an old acquaintance of his had telephoned Daniloff.

At exactly 11 o’clock, Nicholas Daniloff was standing at the entrance to the tube railway station Leninsky Prospekt. After waiting for a couple of minutes, he started walking to and fro nervously, scrutinizing the faces of passers-by.

A young man whom the U.S. journalist was so impatiently waiting for came up to him.

″Have you brought it?″ asked Daniloff in a snappy manner.

″Of course. Just as I promised.″

″Let’s go then.″

The two men turned to a side alley of the public garden, heading for the Moskva River embankment. ... They stopped by a luxuriant willow shrub which hid them with its copious greenery. What happened next? This is what Nicholas Daniloff related himself:

″I handed over several books to Misha and he gave me a black package with which I was arrested. In the investigator’s office I saw that, besides newspaper clippings, the package contained photographs, diagrams and maps showing the location of military facilities, and also contained some data of military nature. That was an unexpected and unpleasant revelation to me.″

Was it so ″unexpected,″ Mr. Daniloff?

The name of Nicholas Daniloff has long been known among members of the foreign journalists corps accredited in Moscow.

At the mention of Daniloff’s name, many of his colleagues in Moscow frowned in displeasure, saying: ″Ah, that one?″ and quite often made it clear that they had nothing in common with him.

The U.S. journalist’s source, Misha, who was arrested together with Daniloff, relates:

″I got acquainted with Nicholas Daniloff in March 1982 in the city of Frunze where he came to stay for several days. ... My contacts with Daniloff continued and I became increasingly convinced that the journalist from the ‘U.S. News & World Report’ was not the person he was professing to be.″

″Try to get a description of restricted-access enterprises in the city of Frunze.″

″Get photographs of military equipment being used in Afghanistan.″

″Give the home addresses and indicate the places of work of the demobilized soldiers who fought in Afghanistan.″

″Obtain data on the location and strength of military units which are being prepared for dispatch to Afghanistan.″

″I was gathering the impression that Daniloff was interested in nothing but restricted information.″

We quote from the record of the body search of Daniloff.

1. Part of the geographical map of the territory of Afghanistan with handwritten notations showing the location of military units of the Soviet army (under the grading ″secret″).

2. A hand-drawn diagram of part of terrain designating the location of military equipment (under the grading ″secret″).

3. Twenty-six black-and-white photographs showing specimens of military equipment, soldiers and officers of the Soviet army.

A number of witnesses were questioned in connection with this case. They convincingly testified to other facts of Daniloff’s espionage activities.

Are proofs needed? Here is one of them: A letter which CIA officer Paul Stombaugh, expelled from the U.S.S.R., personally handed over to a Soviet citizen named Roman.

″Dear and respected friend,″ the document reads. ″We would like to assure you that the letter delivered by you to the journalist on January 24 got to the designated address. We highly appreciated your work...″

It remains to be added that Nicholas Daniloff was precisely the journalist who delivered the above-mentioned letter to the secret service.

Then everything developed like a detective story: secret dead drops, marks, and communications sessions. ...

Are more proofs needed? They exist.

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