Articles by Lowell Bergman

U.S. Dug Tunnel to Spy on Embassy

  • 05 March 01
WASHINGTON Ч The U.S. government constructed a secret tunnel under the Soviet Union's new embassy in Washington in order to eavesdrop, but federal investigators now believe the operation was betrayed by the FBI agent who was arrested last month on charges of spying for Moscow, current and former U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials said. The secret tunnel operation, which officials indicated was run jointly by the FBI and the National Security Agency, was part of a broad U.S. effort to eavesdrop on and track Soviet Ч later Russian Ч facilities and personnel operating in the United States. Spokesmen at the FBI and the White House declined to comment on the tunnel operation Saturday. Current and former U.S. officials estimated that the tunnel construction and related intelligence-gathering activities cost several hundred million dollars, apparently making it the most expensive clandestine intelligence operation that the agent, Robert Philip Hanssen, is accused of betraying.

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