Earlier today, black billowing smoke was spotted issuing forth from the chimney of the Russian consulate in San Francisco. Firefighters were barred from entering, and many speculated that the Russians were rushing to destroy documents after the news yesterday that they are going to be evicted by the Trump administration.
Now, more smoke and a fire have been spotted behind a Russian trade rep building in Washington D.C. reports Foreign Policy.
— Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) September 1, 2017
View the earlier scene in San Francisco below:
— Justin Sullivan (@sullyfoto) September 1, 2017
It’s unclear what the Russians are destroying en masse, but clearly, there are a lot of things they don’t want falling into American hands. Oftentimes, consulates, embassies, and similar buildings are used by foreign countries to run spy networks with privacy and impunity.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.