Switzerland: Short Circuit

Was the KGB outfoxed?

It seemed to be a glaring example of the West's inability to keep sensitive high technology out of the hands of the Soviets. Last March, Favag S.A., a Swiss electronics firm, ordered two machines used in the production of microcircuitry from Perkin-Elmer Corp. of Norwalk, Conn. After receiving guarantees that the equipment would not fall into Soviet hands, the U.S. Government approved the sale. Favag, however, promptly shipped the machines to a second Swiss company, Eler Engineering, which is reported to be a channel through which East bloc countries obtain Western technology.

Now it appears that the Soviets...

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