American espionage in the Soviet Union

Since the formation of the Soviet Union in 1917, the United States of America has had presence in the Soviet Government. American espionage was not centered on the same goals and ideals as the Soviet Union; in which the Soviets tried to steal American technology and other American advances, along with American battle plans, location of nuclear weapons, equipment, military bases, and other military operations. Mostly, America focused on the latter, as Soviet technology was not of interest to the United States. The United States conducted espionage through the Central Intelligence Agency(CIA), while the Soviet Union conducted espionage through the KGB.

American Espionage

Throughout the Cold War, acts of espionage, or spying, became prevalent as tension between the United States and Soviet Union increased.[1]

Soviet Accusations

In response to the accusations that the Soviet Union was “bugging” American buildings, the Soviets countered with claims of the United States using their embassy as a method of espionage. Soviets argued Americans used the embassy to break into neighboring buildings to gain protected information.

The United States quickly denied these charges.

See also


  1. Jussi M. Hanhimäki; Odd Arne Westad (2004). The Cold War: A History in Documents and Eyewitness Accounts. Oxford University Press. pp. 445–. ISBN 978-0-19-927280-8.
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