Moscow Station Essay

356 WordsOct 22, 20142 Pages
The spring of 1987 was the setting for an unforgettable scandal in Moscow. Marines stationed at the United States Embassy were fooled by “honey pots” that used their beauty as a way into the embassy. According to the Naval Investigation Service the Marines had allowed the KGB into the code room, turning off the alarms so that no one would know they entered. Charges were later dropped on this matter due to lack of evidence, letting Sgt Bracy off clean. The two marines, Bracy and Lonetree, were involved in sexual relations with two women who were directly involved with the KGB. Through their efforts Mr. Yurchenko notes that “the KGB could read all embassy’s secure communication”. This lead to beliefs that while shown to the code room, KGB planted bugs in the code machines so that they could read the messages sent from the embassy before they were encoded. This case, however, leaves several open holes and questions. The possibility of these bugs being planted back in 1984, after Mr. Yurchenko was defected in Rome one year later. The Marines were not compromised by these “honey pots” until the end of 1985 and the begining of 1986, in which bugs could have already been planted for almost two years. Said “honey pots” were also employees to the US Embassy until early 1986, soon after they were involved with the Marines, leaving the question to be whether this was the cause or not. While there isn’t as much evidence as they’d hoped to support every lead, there was enough. Enough to be an eye opening lesson to the government, and enough to show that the US Embassy in Moscow was a giant steel and concrete box that had become an eavesdropping mecca to the Russians. The government recognized that sending young, “sex starved” single Marines to a country with “honey pots”, for the sake of saving on housing and dependents, did not pay off in the end. Overall, the incident was a

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