DATE 04/ /81
FROM The Institute
DESCRIPTION Newsletter IEEE, V.5, N.4, P. 7. Two articles of interest: 1. Transactions accepts paper of Soviet computer scientist shortly before his arrest. Reports on Brailovsky paper and says, Minker helped Brailovsky edit the paper, had wired the author in Moscow of paper’s acceptance, and received acknowledgement from Brailovsky on Dec. 8, 1980. Five days later, Dr. Minker received a wire from Irina informing him of author’s arrest for “defaming the Soviet state and public order.” 2. “Official exchange with Soviets still banned” Both IEEE and National Academy of Sciences continuing indefinite bans on o ficial exchanges with the Soviet Union, though individual contacts are not a ected. Congratulates Minker on publication of human rights report. Scott B. Guthery protests publication of 1981 CACM report on human rights, “... for all reasons that self-righteous folks like yourself choose to ignore when you when you force-feed others your palaver.” No evidence in report that people listed are anything but common criminals. Responds to CACM March ’81 article. Reports that Western countries are also complicit in human rights violations. Discusses the case of Dr. Traian M. Untean, a Roumanian, who was a respected scientist at IMAG Lab, Grenoble, France starting 1969. On July 16, 1979, returning from visit to Professor Hoare’s Oxford Lab, he was arrested, charged with spying and locked in a jail near Paris, where he was still awaiting trial after 20 months. A six day long ”questioning” session left him with an injured cervical vertebrae. His charge related to sending unclassified IMAG reports to Roumania (there are no classified documents at IMAG. Speculates on possible reasons other than that mentioned. Caplain asks that I extend my cautious watch over Western countries as well as known repressive regimes. J. Jay Wolf enclosed Minker article to letter to Amnesty Int. Says to AI that ACM should publish information that AI has Responds to Minker re distributing March CACM report. 1. Will send Reagan letter. 2. Will be at ACM Hq. and will try to get news release then. 3. Letter to people in report is fine. 4. Suggests accumulate letters re report and send to Ashenhurst for possible publication. 5. Fine re ltter to congressmen, etc. Encloses two letters from Wolf-no response needed and from Caplain. Asks how to proceed with individual named by . Caplain. Minker knew source of information on individuals in report. Knows neither Caplain or Rumainan cited. Should we write to French Embassy? Should inform Caplain if that is what we are going to do.