The White House recently broadcast a two-hour documentary about Russian spies on its closed-circuit television system to alert its staff about potential Soviet dirty tricks.
Entitled "The KGB Connections--An Investigation Into Soviet Operations in North America," the two-hour, Canadian-produced film identified suspected KGB agents, outlined the KGB hierarchy and described how secret agents use bribery, sexual favors and blackmail to entrap naive Americans.
George Saunders, a security consultant at the White House, said he asked the International Communication Agency for a copy of the movie after reading about it in a column in Conservative Digest written by William F. Buckley.
Buckley admonished the three major television networks for not broadcasting the expose, which, he said, was "so striking a drama . . . that its absence from the television screen is prima facie evidence that . . . we don't have full freedom of the press."
A spokesman for ABC, which funded part of the documentary, said the network decided to abandon the film because it contained unsubstantiated accusations and information that it had already broadcast, not because of any liberal bias as Buckley implied.
The networks' reluctance has not kept the movie from becoming an instant classic among Reaganites. ICA, which paid $15,000 for the film, has received 66 requests from its overseas posts for it since November and the film's New York City distributor says inquiries have jumped since the White House showing.