The Marine Spy Scandal: It's a Biggie

Two guards accused of betraying the Moscow embassy to Soviet agents face espionage charges

In Moscow as in other foreign capitals, the trim, blue-clad Marine is as much a fixture of the U.S. embassy as the flag. He stands in the reception area, resplendent in crimson-trimmed trousers, his hat bearing its gold corps insignia, a .38-cal. revolver at his side -- the very emblem of U.S. security and uprightness. His duties bespeak the nation's belief in his incorruptibility: after hours at major U.S. embassies, he and a Marine buddy go through the empty building securing classified documents that may have been left out, locking safes and disposing of the "trash," often top-secret papers, in the...

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