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Investigation of U.S. Rocket Experts Working in Egypt Sought

January 11, 1966
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Rep. Seymour Halpern, in a speech on the House floor, announced today that he has asked the United States Attorney General to investigate possible violations of Federal law by American scientists employed in Egypt’s military rocket industry.

The New York Republican told the House that he has also made a formal request for a Department of State investigation and public report on the matter. He termed the work by Americans in Egypt on rockets as “deplorable.” He said that a full disclosure of facts is necessary “so that we in the Congress may take appropriate legislative action to ensure that these abuses do not recur.”

Rep. Helpern pointed out that “there is a distinct possibility that the two Americans named in reports may be former Federal employes who, in the course of their work, may be marketing their nation’s secrets for private gain in violation of Federal law.” Accordingly, he said, the U. S. Department of Justice has been asked “to ascertain if such violations are taking place.”

Rep. Leonard Farbstein, New York Democrat, a member of the Near Eastern Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, made known today that he has asked Secretary of State Dean Rusk for a report on the extent of American military assistance of all kinds to the Arab states. He made the request in a letter to the Secretary of State.

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