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Page 2-Tuesdy February 17, 1981-The Mchgn Diy
Soviet police
'entrapment' led
to envoy's exit

MOSCOW (UPI) - A U.S. military
attache was hurriedly removed from
his post at the American Embassy
because he was caught in a "classic
sexual entrapment" by the KGB
seeking to turn him into a Soviet spy, in-
formed sources said yesterday.
Army Maj. James Holbrook, 41, was
photographed in a compromising
position with a woman Jan. 14 on a trip
to the Ukrainian city of Rovno, near the
Polish border, sources familiar with the
incident said.
THE U.S. EMBASSY repeatedly
refused to comment on the hurried
departure of Holbrook, who had been in
Moscow since April 1979 and was con-
sidered one of the most able officers at
the embassy.
The State Department also refused
comment and Holbrook, reached by the
Washington Post at his suburban
Washington home, was quoted as
saying, "I was told by our PR (public
relations) guys that this is an obvious
no-comment situation."
"It was classic sexual entrapment,"
one source said. "The bedroom scene,
the knock, the door being kicked down,
the flashbulbs popping."
AFTER BEING photographed,
Holbrook, who is married, was
pressured by the Soviet secret police to
work for them, but he reported his
predicament to his superiors at the em-
bassy, various sources said.

He left Moscow Jan. 17 and was
reportedly under consideration for a
post on the staff of Vice President
George Bush as a specialist in Soviet af-
Holbrook's excellent command of the
Russian language and his in-depth
knowledge of Soviet affairs made him a
prime target for provocation, the sour-
ces said.
THEY WERE AFTER him since the
moment he got here," one acquaintan-
ce of the major said. "It's something
that nobody thinks can happen to him,
until it does."
The acquaintance said the KGB had
decided to neutralize Holbrook by
luring him into an embarrasing
situation that would force him to leave
the country or leave him open for
recruitment as a spy.
Holbrook went to Rovno, a city of
170,000 near the Polish border, with
another army attache, Lt. Col. Thomas
Spencer, and the two became separated
in violation of embassy policy that
traveling diplomats remain in pairs at
all times to prevent potentially em-
barrasing incidents.
There were conflicting accounts as to
how he came to be in a compromising
position, but one source who claimed to
be familiar with the case discounted
reports that Holbrook or Spencer were

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Park Ranger Gerald Graham; and Charles Glover III, of the Washington
National Monument Society. The photo was taken with a wide angel 16mm


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in cou ncil
(Continued from Page 1)
Student turn-out in the ward, which
includes South Quad and West Quad
dormitories, was "abysmally low," ac-
cording to Peterson's campaign
manager Dave Cahill.
Velker-in his second attempt to win a
Council seat-defeated cab driver A.J.
Lalonde, 412 to 51 votes.
The traditionally conservative Fifth
Ward is roughly bounded by Pauline,
First Street, and Miller Road.
Lalonde, a local cab driver, blamed
his defeat on local news coverage and
interference from Mayor Belcher. In a
WAAM radio broadcast last night,
Lalonde said the mayor, whotendorsed
Velker, "should stay out of the

Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
AFL-CIO sets economic policy
BAL HARBOUR, Fla.-The AFL-CIO, rushing to set its economic agenda
before President Reagan's message to Congress tomorrow night, adopted a
program yesterday urging reduced interest rates, new tax cuts, and con-
tinued controls on natural gas prices.
Lane Kirkland, president of the federation told a news conference that
"the problems that we face and the needs that this country has are not going
to be overcome simply by de-taxing, deregulating, and unleashing Mc-
Donalds and Burger Kings."
The 35-member Executive Council adopted the nine-page policy after
meeting with Senate Republican Leader Howard Baker in a rare appearan-
ce by a GOP politician before the heavily Democratic body.
Thatcher endorses Reagan's
tough stand against Soviets
LONDON-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, dubbed the "Iron Lady"
by the Kremlin, yesterday endorsed President Reagan's tough stand against
the Soviet Union.
"It does not do the people of the free world any good if their leaders ignore
the facts," Thatcher told a group of American journalists. "The Western
world wants peace very, very much. But detente must be a two way street."
Thatcher, who next week will be the first Western leader to visit Reagan
since his inauguration, said she will go on slashing public spending in tough
economic policies which are said to form a model for the budget plans
Reagan will unveil tomorrow.
Space shuttle cleared for test
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.-Engineers bypassed a new problem yester-
day and cleared the way for the start of the countdown leading to a crucial
engine test firing Thursday of the space shuttle Columbia.
The test, called a flight readiness firing, is the last major milestone to be
passed before the first orbital test flight of the reusable space ship April 7.
Officials had feared that the problem, a faulty electronic component,
associated with one of the three main engines, would mean another delay of
up to four days in the start of the countdown.
Such a delay would guarantee a new postponement for the April flight,
which is already more than two years behind schedule.
Study reports on elimination
of controls on gas prices
WASHINGTON-The gasoline price controls which President Reagan lif-
ted last month probably caused gas prices to be higher than they would have
been if no attempt at control had been made, a government study said
A study released without comment by the Federal Trade Commission's
Bureau of Economics also said ending the controls may benefit the con-
sumer by helping absorb the rises in crude oil priceswhich are likely to
result from oil decontrol.
Controls on both crude oil and gasoline were abolished by Reagan's Jan. 28
executive order.
Terrorists claim retaliation
PARIS-Terrorists smashed two rockets into the South Yemen Embassy
yesterday in what they claimed was retaliation for a deadly synagogue
bombing. No injuries were reported but the embassy was heavily damaged
by the explosions.
A French-language recording played over the telephone to the Agence
France-Presse news agency said, "We claim the action against the South
Yemen Embassy in the name of all victims of Rue Copernic."
The Oct. 3 bombing of the Copernic synagogue killed one worshipper and
three passersby and injured 20. No arrests were made in the synagogue
bombing, which was one of the most violent of recent anti-Semitic incidents
in the French capital.
Polish students threaten strike
WARSAW, Poland-Farmers agreed yesterday to put off their fight for a
Rural Solidarity union but college students threatened a nationwide strike
unless the government signed an agreement on their demands to form their
own independent union.
At the same time, the Solidarity union's chief spokesperson gave a
qualified vote of support for Prime Minister Wojciech Jaruzelski, who has
asked for a 90-day moratorium on strikes to help Poland recover from its
prolonged crisis.

In an unprecedented interview with a Polish government newspaper, the
official was quoted as saying the nation's new regime may provide oppor-f
tunity for a "truce not for three months but for good."
The student dispute was the only major remaining issue to be resolved.
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Tuesday, February 17, 1981
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