Getting Snookered

Contrary to popular belief, the site of the new U.S. embassy in Moscow is not a swamp. But that is one of the few favorable comments the State Department can make about the controversial facility. According to a department report written last year, the swamp legend resulted from "some drainage problems during excavation" of the site. Still, the new chancery is 30 ft. lower than the old one, and evidence of eavesdropping devices has been found in its walls and structural columns.

By most accounts, the project has been jinxed from the time the U.S. and the Soviet Union began discussing...

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