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February 28, 1984


US-Canada border called computer link for USSR

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Millions of dollars' worth of computer technology has been illegally exported to the Soviet Union via border bridges linking New York State and Canada, a US Customs Service official said.

Roger Urbanski, head of the US Customs technology investigation branch in Washington, told United Press International Sunday that the border bridges from the Buffalo, N.Y.area to Canada are used extensively by people illegally exporting high-technology computers to the Soviet Union.

He said the case involved several US and foreign companies and several million dollars' worth of ''controlled commodities . . . whose uses in the Soviet Union are presumed to be primarily military.''