Espionage: The Moscow Bughouse

Most old structures have bugs, but these were different. Tipped off by a Red defector, security men in the 50-year-old U.S. Embassy in Moscow broke into the walls of several rooms and found more than 40 microphones planted 8 in. to 10 in. inside the walls. The bugs* were estimated to be twelve years old, going back to the Stalin era, but still eminently operational. Lamented one U.S. official: "Here we've been using the most up-to-date methods to pick up the most sophisticated bugs, and what happens? They had what amounts to an old system of crystal sets buried...

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