Science: Moscow Microwaves

American diplomats and their families have learned to live with the fact that the walls of the U.S. embassy in Moscow are probably infested with "bugs" put there by the Russians. But last week they were given something else to worry about. Embassy staffers and their families were told that high levels of microwave radiation had been detected in the nine-story embassy building on Tchaikovsky Street. The source: Soviet antennas, which are beaming the waves in both to charge up the batteries of their listening devices and to jam embassy-based U.S. electronic monitoring of Russian communications.

U.S. officials were not alarmed...

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