• Short Summary

    THE UNITED STATES REVEALED ON TUESDAY (19TH MAY) THAT FOR 11 YEARS ABOUT 40 HIDDEN MICROPHONES -- OR 'BUGGING' DEVICES -- HAVE BEEN EMBEDDED DEEP IN THE WALLS OF THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY IN MOSCOW.

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    THE UNITED STATES REVEALED ON TUESDAY (19TH MAY) THAT FOR 11 YEARS ABOUT 40 HIDDEN MICROPHONES -- OR 'BUGGING' DEVICES -- HAVE BEEN EMBEDDED DEEP IN THE WALLS OF THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY IN MOSCOW.

    OFFICIALS IN WASHINGTON SAID THE LISTENING DEVICES HAD SURVIVED DOZENS OF ELECTRONIC AND OTHER SECURITY INVESTIGATIONS, AND WERE EVENTUALLY FOUND ONLY AFTER AN ENTIRE ROOM IN THE EMBASSY HAD BEEN DEMOLISHED.

    THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT REFUSED TO SPECULATE ABOUT THE BENEFIT OF THE DEVICES TO THE SOVIET UNION. OFFICIALS SAID AMERICAN DIPLOMATS ALWAYS ASSUMED THE EMBASSY IN MOSCOW WAS NOT SECURE AGAINST ELECTRONIC EAVESDROPPING, AND CONDUCTED THEMSELVES ACCORDINGLY.

    THE FACT THAT THE MICROPHONES WERE EMBEDDED DEEP IN THE WALLS SUGGESTS THAT THEY WERE PLACED IN POSITION BEFORE THE UNITED STATES TOOK OVER THE BUILDING IN 1953.

    A STRONG PROTEST HAS BEEN DELIVERED TO THE SOVIET FOREIGN MINISTRY BY THE UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR IN MOSCOW, MR FOY KOHLER, OVER THE DISCOVERIES.

    (IN 1960 THE UNITED STATES SHOWED THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL A CARVED REPLICA OF THE GREAT SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES WHICH HAD BEEN PRESENTED TO THE AMERICAN EMBASSY IN MOSCOW BY THE RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES. IT HAD HUNG IN THE AMBASSADOR'S RESIDENCE FOR SEVEN YEARS WITH A MICROPHONE INSIDE IT.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3OV7MZS2GS9AL6AYOEM6LOMBQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA3OV7MZS2GS9AL6AYOEM6LOMBQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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