COLD WAR ESPIONAGE
1 British Embassy diplomats and Soviet spies
Harold “Kim” Philby, the senior MI6 British liaison officer to the FBI and the CIA, was secretly a Soviet spy and leader of Britain’s Cambridge Spy Ring. Another member of the ring, diplomat Guy Burgess, was a frequent guest in Philby's home. Both men worked at the British Embassy.
3100 Massachusetts Ave. NW (embassy), 4100 Nebraska Ave. NW (Philby house)
2 Air America
Air America, a CIA proprietary company, operated one of the world’s largest airlines during the 1950s and 1960s, with 20,000 employees and 200 aircraft. Its pilots flew hazardous missions, landing at remote jungle airfields and dropping supplies under enemy fire.
918 16th St. NW
3 Pullman House
The mansion was acquired by Russia in 1913 and served as the Russian and Soviet Embassy until becoming the Russian ambassador's residence in 1994. Soviet and Russian espionage operations were planned and run from here.
1125 16th St. NW
4 Steuart Motor Company
One of the most unlikely clandestine sites in Washington, the Steuart Motor Company building also housed the CIA’s National Photographic Interpretation Center. Not so subtly, perhaps, guards armed with machine guns surrounded the building when unprocessed top-secret film from U-2 photos of Cuban missile site s was delivered.
Fifth and K streets NW
5 Exchange Saloon
During the 1970s, the Exchange Saloon was a capital hot spot for swingers. The husband-and-wife spy team of Karl and Hana Koecher of the Czech intelligence service Statni Bezpecnost spent time at the saloon looking for potential agents.
1719 G St. NW
6 Hanssen signal site
Robert Hanssen, an FBI agent turned Russian spy, used the Foxstone Park entrance sign as a signal site to communicate with his Soviet handlers. When a horizontal piece of adhesive white tape appeared on the sign, they knew that their spy had loaded the dead drop, code-named ELLIS, at the first footbridge inside the park.
1910 Creek Crossing Rd. NE, Vienna, Va.
7 Aldrich Ames arrest site
Ames, a career CIA officer, spied for nearly 10 years while living in an upper-middle-class house that had been purchased with money received from the KGB. When driving to his CIA office in 1994, he was boxed in after stopping at an intersection a few blocks from his home. Pulled from behind the wheel, he was thrown over the hood of his beloved maroon Jaguar, handcuffed and arrested.
North Quebec Street and Nelly Custis Drive, Arlington, Va.
8 Jonathan Pollard meeting site
In a scene worthy of a John le Carré novel, Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. intelligence analyst and spy for Israel, conducted a clandestine meeting with his Israeli handler on a bench in the gardens of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. In the idyllic setting, the two negotiated the pay Pollard would receive for classified documents.
1703 32nd St. NW
8 Jonathan Pollard meeting site.
Aldrich Ames being arrested. 7
Surveillance image of Stanislav Gusev at the State Department PHOTO: FBI 4