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Oak Hill Office Building 1401 Wilson Boulevard, Rosslyn, Virginia

Oak Hill Office Building 1401 Wilson Boulevard, Rosslyn, Virginia

On June 17, 1972, five men broke into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee located on the sixth floor of the Watergate Complex. This act of domestic espionage led to Senate hearings and ended with the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974.

SS Smile, 37th Street & T Street NW

SS Smile, 37th Street & T Street NW

A swipe of chalk on a mailbox, codename SS SMILE, signaled that CIA officer Aldrich Ames had information for his Soviet contacts. Originally located on the corner of 37th and S St and only a mile from the Soviet Embassy, this mailbox is now on display at the International Spy Museum. A new mailbox has been placed on the next block.

Ane Montes' Apartment, 3909 Macomb Place, NW

Ane Montes' Apartment, 3909 Macomb Place, NW

Ana Montes, a former senior analyst with The Defense Intelligence Agency is serving 25 years for espionage. Montes communicated with the Cuban Intelligence Service using pay phones, shortwave radio and encrypted diskettes. Considered one of the most harmful spies in history, her arrest nine days after 9/11 went virtually unnoticed.

Au Pied du Cochon, 1335 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Au Pied du Cochon, 1335 Wisconsin Avenue NW

On November 2, 1985, only ninety days he defected to the US, Vitaly Yurchenko, walked out of this Georgetown restaurant and headed up the street to the Soviet Embassy and re-defected to Moscow. Before leaving the restaurant, Yurchenko, the highest ranking KGB official to ever defect to the US told his CIA guard, "I'm going for a walk. If I don't come back, it's not your fault.”

Chadwick's, 3205 K Street NW

Chadwick's, 3205 K Street NW

In this Georgetown pub on June 13, 1985, CIA mole Aldrich Ames met with Viktor Cherkashin, the Soviet Chief of Counterintelligence. The lunch became known as “The Big Dump,” as Ames handed over two shopping bags full of classified documents leading to the execution of ten American assets in Moscow. Ames is serving a life sentence.

National Security Agency, 9800 Savage Road, Fort Meade, Maryland

National Security Agency, 9800 Savage Road, Fort Meade, Maryland

In May 2013 Edward Snowden, a former contractor with the NSA, met with journalists in Hong Kong where he leaked thousands of classified documents revealing US government surveillance programs. The Department of Justice charged Snowden with violating the Espionage Act and theft of property. After his passport was revoked by the State Department Snowden applied for asylum in 21 countries. He has temporary asylum in Russia.

Dumbarton Oaks, 3101 R Street, NW

Dumbarton Oaks, 3101 R Street, NW

In July of 1984, Jonathan Jay Pollard a civilian Navy Intelligence analyst met with his Israeli handler, Colonel Aviem Sella on the grounds of Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown. Pollard traded classified national defense documents including a secret satellite photo of an Iraqi nuclear site.

Foxstone Park, Creek Crossing Road, Vienna, Virginia

Foxstone Park, Creek Crossing Road, Vienna, Virginia

A piece of white tape on this sign signaled that FBI Special Agent Robert Hanssen had information for his Russian contacts. Hanssen spent twenty two years as a double agent and received an estimated 1.4 million dollars for selling top-secret information. The Department of Justice stated Hanssen’s acts as "possibly the worst intelligence disaster in U.S. history."

Watergate Complex, 2600 Virginia Avenue NW

Watergate Complex, 2600 Virginia Avenue NW

On June 17, 1972, five men broke into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee located on the sixth floor of the Watergate Complex. This act of domestic espionage led to Senate hearings and ended with the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974.