'Pattern of Espionage' at San Francisco Russian Consulate, Journalist Says

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Black smoke billows from a chimney on top of the Russian consulate on September 1, 2017 in San Francisco, California. In response to a Russian government demand for the United States to cut its diplomatic staff in Russia by 455, the Trump administration ordered the closure of three consular offices in the San Francisco, New York and Washington.  (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Speculation abounded after black smoke was seen pouring from the chimney of the Russian consulate in San Francisco on a hot day in September, one day after the Trump Administration ordered the consulate’s closure. But journalist Zach Dorfman says the smoke was just one small hint of what was going on at the consulate. He says it was the site of an “intensive, sustained and mystifying pattern of espionage.” Forum talks to Dorfman about his Foreign Policy article "The Secret History of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco.”


Zach Dorfman, author, "The Secret History of the Russian Consulate" in Foreign Policy; senior fellow, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs