Comparing the Embassies

"It wasn't the best deal we ever made," said a U.S. official. "They got the mountain and we got the swamp."

The revelation last week of electronic eavesdropping at the U.S. embassy in Moscow has again raised questions about the sites chosen for the new Soviet and American embassies being built in each country. After six years of negotiations ending in a 1969 agreement, the Soviets were provided with a location on Mount Alto in northwest Washington, D.C., one of the highest spots in the area, while the U.S. was left to build in low, marshy ground near the Moscow River.

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