Moscow Embassy

Barker, Rodney. Dancing with the Devil: Sex, Espionage, and the U.S. Marines -- The Clayton Lonetree Story. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.

Surveillant 4.3: "Barker's attempt to paint Lonetree as a victim of racial prejudice..., as merely a scapegoat for the errors of his superiors, and, alas, as a misguided victim of love, do not change the facts." The Periscope 21.5 reviewer suggests that Barker "at least" sets the record "straighter than it was before," but also notes that "much of the material [in the book] is not attributable."

Barron, John. "A Tale of Two Embassies." Reader's Digest 115 (Dec. 1979): 166-120.

Petersen: "Intelligence aspects of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the Soviet Embassy in Washington."

Headley, Lake, and William Hoffmann. The Court Martial of Clayton Lonetree. New York: Henry Holt, 1989. [Chambers]

Kessler, Ronald. Moscow Station: How the KGB Penetrated the American Embassy. New York: Scribner's, 1989. New York: Pocket Books, 1990. [pb]

Surveillant 1.1 notes that Moscow Station is simultaneously the "only [full] treatment of the CIA Station in Moscow, Lonetree and the Embassy bugging" and controversial. Powers, NYRB (13 May 1993) and Intelligence Wars (2004), 295-320, comments that Kessler's picture of "the embassy's pathetic failure to protect its own security" is "thoroughly documented."

According to Evans, IJI&C 3.4, Kessler asserts that the embassy code room was compromised, and charges the CIA and NSA "with covering up the compromise, the Naval Investigative Service (NIS) with mismanaging related cases..., and the Office of Special Investigation (OSI) under the Government Accounting Office with misrepresenting the quality of the NIS performance." The reviewer adds: "If a KGB penetration could not be proven, there could hardly be a cover-up." There is a detailed analysis of the chronology and evidence. Evans concludes that that "the existence ... of a ... conspiracy [by NIS] seems outside not only the realm of possibility, but of credibility."

NameBase calls Moscow Station "the story of the KGB's efforts to penetrate the U.S. embassy in Moscow, mainly by planting eavesdropping devices and by assigning attractive Soviet women to bait U.S. personnel.... About half of the book reconstructs the investigation of Clayton J. Lonetree,... a young marine guard, [who] confessed in 1987 after passing secrets to his Soviet girlfriend, who was employed at the embassy, and her KGB control officer, Alexei G. Yefimov."

Lardner, George, Jr. "Unbeatable Bugs. The Moscow Embassy Fiasco: KGB Defector Says He Warned U.S. 10 Years Ago of Built-in Sensors." Washington Post, 18 Jun. 1990, A1, A21.

Nelson, Dick, and Julie Koenen-Grant. "A Case of Bureaucracy 'in Action': The U.S. Embassy in Moscow." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 6, no. 3 (Fall 1993): 303-317.

Sharman, Jackson R., III. "Embassy Spy's Conviction Upheld: Court Denies Lonetree Appeal." National Security Law Report 15, no. 1 (Jan. 1993): 3-4.

United States v. Lonetree, No. 65,642 (NMCM 88 2414) (United States Ct. Mil. App. Sept. 28, 1992).

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