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Weinberger Hits Soviet Spying

April 16, 1987|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger, questioning the new Soviet policy of openness, accused the Soviet Union today of arrogant behavior in mounting espionage campaigns against the West.

Weinberger, in a speech to the Navy League of the United States that was his first extensive response to the reported sex-and-spy affair at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, said such espionage attacks go beyond the bounds of internationally acceptable behavior. While the Soviets often try to offset disclosures of their spying activities with "timely, supposed revelations" of espionage on the part of the United States, they have gone far beyond "the rules by which nations conduct their affairs," Weinberger said.

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