When FBI agents searched the two-story brick home of US.Information Agency employe Ronald L. Humphrey in January, they confiscated about 100 items of Humphrey's belongings, including a Sony videocassette labeled "Football Follies," an International Cheerleaders Association card and a report on U.S. Department of State stationery entitled "Public Attitudes Toward U.S. Relations with the People's Republic of China."
The Jan. 31 search was conducted the same day that Humphrey and David Truong, the son of a one-time Vietnamese presidential candidate, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Alexandria on charges that they helped funnel secret U.S. government cables to the Communist Vietnamese government.
The search warrant and inventory of items taken from Humphrey's home were made public yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Albert V. Bryan Jr. at the request of the U.S. attorney's office in Alexandria. The order signed yesterday by Bryan allows lawyers on both sides to review the inventory.
According to the inventory records, the search started at 11 a.m. and ended at about 2:20 p.m. and included the kitchen, living and dining rooms and three second-floor bedrooms of Humphrey's house at 618 Irving St., in Arlington.
The other items included a 1970-71 and 1940 editions of Jane's All the World's Aircraft books, one of which is stamped American Embassy Reference Library, 12 reel-to-reel tapes and 47 cassette tapes. Seventeen of the tapes, found in a hutch in the dining room, are labeled as the "Distinguished American" series.
A U.S. government messenger envelope with a copy of "The AMBA Executive" Vol. 6, No. 6 was taken from a bedroom along with a U.S. passport, a bank book, two notebooks, four keys, a book entitled "Deutsch Fur Auslander" with pieces of cellophane paper between some pages, and a black wallet with a USIA card, the cheerleaders' group card and a letter.
Other items included U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare international certificates of vaccination, a personal health history, and numberous letters and pieces of paper taken from the bottom of Humphrey's bedroom nightstand.
Also taken in the search were a pair of scissors, notes with names and telephone numbers in a metal holder and a silver ball point pen with R. L. Humphrey inscribed on the side.
According to the search warrant signed by U.S. Magistrate Harris Grimsley, FBI agents were looking for attache cases, manila envelopes, scissors, typewriters, paper, pencils, notebooks, State Department documents and other "evidence. . . of the crimes of espionage. . ."