WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger said Saturday that the United States suffered "a very great loss" from Soviet agents rooting through secret areas of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow under an arrangement allegedly permitted by two Marine Corps guards.
"We're very, very distressed," Weinberger said in an interview on the Cable News Network, referring to what military prosecutors have described as a secrets-for-sex operation at the embassy.
Pentagon officials said the U.S. military services have begun investigations to determine which of their secret activities may have been compromised at the embassy in this latest spy scandal, Defense Department officials said Saturday.
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Several military officials said it is unlikely that the two accused Marines had access to all sensitive parts of the embassy. Security clearances are compartmentalized to make it difficult for persons of low rank, such as Marine guards, to learn more than fragments about secret operations and equipment, they said.