Intelligence Compounds Or Bucolic Resorts? Russian Estates May Be Both

A fence surrounds an estate in the village of Upper Brookville in the town of Oyster Bay, N.Y., on Long Island. On Friday, the Obama administration closed this compound for Russian diplomats, in retaliation for spying and cyber-meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

Neighbors on Maryland’s Eastern Shore said the Russian vacationers “were just like anybody else,” but an intelligence expert says the sites were likely used for eavesdropping on communications.

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