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April 6, 1987
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Declassified in Part -Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/12/19 :CIA-RDP90-009658000706110005-5 ARTICLEAP'PF.~t~O NEW YORK TIMES ON PAGE ~ 6 April 1987 SenatorSays Russians Should Pay C To Clear New Embassy o,f Bugs By DAVID K SHIPLER? special to The New York T1mn WASHINGTON, April 5 - A leading Senate Democrat said today that be- fore the Soviet Union opens its new em- bassy in Washington it should be re- quired to reimburse the United States for the cost of making the new Amer- icanEmbassy in Moscow secure. The proposal. by Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, followed reports that the new embassy in Moscow, which is stW under construction, had been laced with listening devices, im- planted in prefabricated concrete pil- lars and panels that were made by Soviet crews "The fact is, this embassy can never,' ever be made secure, ever," Senator Leahy said on the CBS News program. "Face the Nation." Senator Leahy, a former vice chair- man of the Senate Intelligence Com- mittee, said his proposal revived an idea he had offered two years ago with Senator Lawton Chiles, Democrat of Florida. "I think we ought to do what Senator Chiles and I said a couple of years ago, and require payment from the Soviets for the damages that have been caused in that or not allow them to go into their own new embassy here in Washington," he said today. 3 Marine Guards Arrested The recent concern over embassy se- curity also stems tram the arrest of three United States marines who have been guards at the current embassy. Two of them are accused of having let K.G.B. agents into the building and are charged with espionage. The new United States Embassy, Arthur A. Hartman, a former Am- bassador to Moscow, said on "Face the Nation" today that it would be wise to wait for James ?R. Schlesinger, a for- mer Director of Central Intelligence, to complete a study of the new building before deciding whether it had to be torn down or could be repaired. Under the terms of the Soviet-American agreement on the embassies, Mr. Hart- man noted, both countries' diplomats are to move into their new buildings si- multaneously. Some members of Congress and in- telligence specialists have sought ways of preventing the Soviet move, Hating that the new embassy sits on the sec- ond-highest point in Washhtgton,~ Mount Alto, 350 feet above sea level, from which sophisticated devices are believed capable of interceptht` elec- troniccommunications. "The Soviets are allowed to play by entirely different rules than we do,"~ Senator Leahy said "Our embassy over there, the new embassy's that being built, is in a swamp surrounded by buildings controlled by the K.G.B. Their embassy is sitting up on Mount Alto here in Washington with antennas that can go into the Pentagon, the White House, Treasury, C.I.A., every- thingelse." which was scheduled to be occupied in 1989, has already cost;190 million, and,, technical experts estimate that ;201, miWon to i~0 million more will be re- quired to deactivate or remove bug- gang devices. Senator Leahy said Saturday that be-' cause there was "no way possible to make that embassy secure," the only solution was to "tear it down and start aU over again." STAT Declassified in Part -Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/12/19 :CIA-RDP90-009658000706110005-5