Grapevine: Oct. 24, 1988

BUG CONTROL. After the U.S. discovered last year that its embassy under construction in Moscow was riddled with bugging devices, a study commissioned by the State Department recommended razing the $22 million building. Demolition cost: $160 million. No decision has been announced. But U.S. diplomats concede that the shrubbery surrounding the building has a new kind of mulch: shredded documents. That is one way to save taxpayer dollars -- and thwart bugs.

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