Defense: Peeking At Pentagon Papers

Peeking At Pentagon Papers

A well-known communications and electronics corporation admitted last week that it illegally received secret Pentagon papers. Gee! No, GTE. In U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., the Justice Department charged that from 1978 to 1983 GTE's government-systems unit obtained classified defense budget plans. GTE, which makes electronic-warfare devices like radar- jamming gear, could have used the information to anticipate products the Pentagon might order. The Stamford, Conn., company, which won $714 million in defense contracts last year, will pay a $10,000 fine and $580,000 for the costs of the investigation.

A grand jury indicted three individuals: Walter Edgington, a GTE vice...

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