Reporting From Moscow: Is That A Russian Ghost In My Machine?

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There was a moment last week in Moscow when I had occasion to wonder if I was being surveilled. "They'll be tracking you from the moment you land," my CIA sources back in Washington had warned, as I prepared for a reporting trip to Russia. "For God's sake, don't log onto your regular email accounts from there." I've reported from Russia before. When I go, I take a clean phone and a clean laptop, both wiped to factory settings. NPR creates a new email account for me to use. It's activated a day or two before I leave, and retired upon my return. In other words, I'm careful. But one evening, typing away in NPR's Moscow bureau, the cursor began to jump around on its own. Words moved. I raised my hands from the keyboard and watched in wonder as the screen...

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