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April 6, 1987
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Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/12/14: CIA-RDP90-00965R000100030001-0 Att I IULL APPEA ON PAGE - FD Embassy Guards' Use of Prostitutes, OKd, Lawyer Says T By RUDY ABRAMSON, Times Staff Writer WASHINGTON-Marines as- signed to guard the U.S. Embassy in Moscow were encouraged to have promiscuous liaisons and were told in their official orienta- tion "where the young ladies can be found, and that it's all right to go use prostitutes," the lawyer for Marine Sgt. Clayton Lonetre! said Sunday. The allegation, leveled ar the investigation of U.S. secta'!t- ures in Moscow widened,. w im- mediately denied by Just-retired U.S. Ambassador Arthur A. Hart- man, but a spokesman for the Marine Corps said it would, never- theless, be investigated along with every other aspect of the scandal. Michael Stuhff, the attorney 'for Lonetree, made his charge during an interview on the CBS program, "Face the Nation." "It wasn't uncommon at all for the Marines to go out to some of the hotels, where the local women were known to hang out," he said. "And as a result of that, they were encouraged to relieve their ten- sions, we might say, in rather promiscuous types of liai- sons...." When asked what he meant by "encouraged," he added: "The commanding NCO [noncommis- sioned officer] at Moscow, when these young men were snapped in ... given their initial orientation to the duty station, were told where the young ladies can be found, and that it's all right to use prostitutes." Lonetree, 25, is in a Marine Corps brig accused, along with Sgt. Ar- nold Bracy, of allowing Soviet operatives the run of the embassy they were guarding, including ac- cess to spaces where top-secret communications are handled. His participation in the perhaps devastating penetration of U.S. se- curity followed a dalliance with a young Soviet woman named Vi- oletta Seina, who worked as a translator at the embassy_-_ Lawyer Denies Charges Although investigators are still assessing the damage and assuming the worst, Stuhff said Sunday that the charges that Lonetree led KGB agents around the embassy open- ing doors for them have "absolute- ly no basis whatsoever." STAT LOS ANGELES TIMES 6 April 1987 He acknowledged that the ser- geant did have a sexual liaison with Seina, but he said Lonetree still believes that his lover was herself used by the KGB, "that she cer- tainly didn't set out to do this." "I certainly admire his faith in that young lady," the lawyer said, adding: "I'm not quite sure that I share it." Hartman, who just retired after five years as the American ambas- sador in Moscow, categorically de- nied Stuhff's assertion that Marines were encouraged in sexual rela- tionships with women in Moscow. "That is not true that these people were encouraged to have this kind of affair," he said. "It is not true that they were briefed in this way." Warned of Dangers To the contrary, he said that Marine guards were warned of such dangers when they arrived in the Soviet Union, and that thereaf- ter they attended weekly sessions in which they were told "who they could see, and who they couldn't see, and under what circumstanc- es." Investigation of U.S. security problems in Moscow will, extend beyond the Marines this week when Rep. Daniel A. Mica (D- Fla.), chairman of a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee that oversees embassy security, inspects the con- troversial new $190-million em- bassy building in Moscow. Mica said Sunday that 10 more U.S. missions are under investiga- tion by State Department and mili- tary officials, the Washington Post reported. Mica did not identify the embassies. Called Unusable The Moscow structure has been found to be so seeded with listening devices during the course of con- struction that some experts doubt that it can ever be made secure from Soviet eavesdropping. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), the former vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has maintained for nearly two years that the building will be unusable. In the CBS interview Sunday, Leahy renewed his reservations. In its management of the construction project, the United States has, in effect, used the KGB as the general contractor, Leahy said. "When you come right down to the bottom line," he said, "that's what it is." Mounting concern over the thor- ough bugging of the structure has led to the creation of a special commission of intelligence experts to determine if the building can be used, and if so, what would be required to make it secure. Former Defense Secretary James R. Schle- singer, who is head of that investi- gation, is expected to visit the Moscow construction site next month. Soviets' New Embassy President Reagan, arriving in Ottowa for a meeting with Canadi- an Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, told reporters Sunday that "I know steps are being taken to secure the embassy. There is a technology to determine whether the facility has been bugged." But if the new embassy cannot be made secure, "we obviously wouldn't move in," he said. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union is constructing its own new embassy on a hill in northwest Washington to replace its present quarters just a few blocks north of the White House. Besides the problem of the new American Embassy's being bugged from the foundation up, Leahy said Sunday that the United States had failed to get reciprocity for its building site. "Our embassy over there," he said, "is in a swamp surrounded by buildings controlled by the KGB. Their embassy is sitting up on Mt. Alto here in Washington, with antennas that can go into the Pentagon, the White House, the Treasury, the CIA, everything else." Intelligence Minion Until the problems are resolved concerning the new U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Leahy said, the Soviet Union should not be permitted to move into its new facility here. Moreover, he endorsed a proposal made two years ago by Sen. Law- ton Chiles (D-Fla.) that the United States demand damage payment from the Soviets for the bugging of the new Moscow embassy. Leahy blamed both the Marine sex and spying scandal and the embarrassing situation with the new embassy on a failure of the State Department to fully recog- nize that the United States has an intelligence mission as well as a diplomatic mission in Moscow. "There are people within the State Department who just do not understand that we have a dual mission in the Soviet Union," he said. "One is a diplomatic mission, but it releases no secrets (for me] to say that we also have an intelli- gence mission, in the same way the Soviet Union does here in Wash- ington." On the latter score, he said: "We certainly, apparently, don't do it anywhere near as well as they do." Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/12/14: CIA-RDP90-00965R000100030001-0