Booze, Brawls and Skirt Chasing

The U.S. Marine scandal in Moscow spreads

The spy case that appeared at first to be an isolated instance of two lonely Marines being seduced into espionage at the U.S. embassy in Moscow took a broader and more ominous turn last week. A third Marine was charged with illegal fraternization with Soviet women, and two other pairs of former embassy guards are suspected of having been compromised by female contacts. As the scandal spread, both the Marine and State Department supervisors of the 28-man guard contingent came under increasing criticism for their failure to monitor the behavior of the Marines more closely. Rather than clean-cut Americans being entrapped...