Beware Of Machines in Disguise

The shocking conspiracy behind Toshiba's sales to the Soviets

It is a deceptively dry-looking report, written by a Manhattan law firm and titled Investigation into Sales of Propeller Milling Machines to the Soviet Union by Toshiba Machine Co., Ltd. But its 45 off-white pages portray an industrial intrigue complete with disguised machine tools, secretive meetings, stifled whistle blowers and burned records. The probe, which was commissioned by Tokyo's Toshiba Corp. and released last week, describes for the first time in detail the conspiracy behind the covert sales made to the Soviet Union by Toshiba's subsidiary, Toshiba Machine. It was a crime that the Pentagon claims has helped Soviet submarines elude...

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