(Excerpt from Chapter 11.5 Moscow 1977-1979)
Today, ADST put up on Facebook an interview with Bill Brown entitled "The Microwaving of Embassy Moscow" ( http://adst.org/2013/09/microwaving-embassy-moscow/). It brought back a flood of memories on the subject, excerpts of which I have included below.
Just as I was arriving in
all hell was breaking loose over the issue of microwaves. For years, it had been known that the Soviets
had been irradiating the Chancery with low level non-ionizing radiation. In fact, microwave bombardment of the upper
floors of the Central Wing had actually begun as soon as we had moved into the
Chancery on Tchaikovskiy back in 1953.
The existence of the microwave problem had been kept under wraps for
years, first because no one knew that there might be health consequences, and
later, according to unconfirmed reports, because Henry
Kissinger wanted to avoid damaging chances for détente. When Ambassador
Stoessel learned about the problem, he threatened to resign unless the
Embassy community was told. As a result,
the microwave story was finally made public in a press conference called by the
Shortly after my tour was over, I found out that my cavalier attitude toward the microwave issue was not at all justified, at least in my own personal case. Med informed me in late 1979 that my own white cell count was much higher than normal, and advised me to continue testing. In 1985, my white cell count got high enough for Med to recommend that I see a hematologist, so I went to a local doctor in
To this day, I don’t know exactly how I got CLL. In the back of my mind, however, I have always considered the
microwaves to be a prime suspect. I have
often wondered how many others faced the same medical issues I did over the
past few decades. Perhaps another,
independent study of the problem is warranted.
I would certainly support such a proposal. Moscow