Soviet Union: A $400 Million Bug Bomb

A $400 Million Bug Bomb

For three years the hulking eight-story structure in Moscow has stood empty, the ultimate example of a property grown too hot to handle. Work on the new U.S. embassy was halted when American inspectors discovered it was riddled with supersophisticated Soviet eavesdropping devices, implanted during construction. Last week, following lengthy studies by private engineering firms, Ronald Reagan recommended that the $22 million structure be razed. Said the President: "We have to do it. We have no choice."

The Administration will also recommend that the next Congress authorize funds for a second new embassy on the same downtown Moscow site. This time,...

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