Aldrich Hazen “Rick” Ames is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer turned KGB .. Betrayal: The Story of Aldrich Ames, An American Spy. New York: . Betrayal is the remarkable story of the last American spy of the cold war: Aldrich ” Rick” Ames, the most destructive traitor in the history of the Central Intelligence. ‘Rick is a goddamn Russian spy’: Does the CIA have a new Aldrich according to “Betrayal: The Story of Aldrich Ames, An American Spy,” a.

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Once they knew those facts, the men and women of the FBI tracked Ames day and night for nine months before they arrested him.

Though he was a traitor, these observations did make an impact with the House of Representatives. Additionally, when asked about the polygraph tests, Ames said, “There’s no special magic. Pete Early depicts Ames as being able to convince himself that the answers he was giving were actually truthful.

Ames’ lackluster performance reviews were in part the result of heavy drinking. The information our vast espionage network acquires at considerable human and ethical costs is insignificant or irrelevant to our policy makers’ needs. Lewis Limited preview – May 31, David rated it really liked it Shelves: His father was a college lecturer at the Wisconsin State College-River Falls and his mother a high school English teacher.

Lemons rated it liked it. Finally, Ames in his treason trial, makes some surprisingly far-reaching observations. Early on in his training, Ames went through his routine psychological tests.

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Jun 21, Rheanna Christine rated it really liked it Shelves: Nov 08, Jeremy rated it it was amazing Shelves: There are no pseudonyms, anonymous quotes, or invented scenes. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Ames apparently received only a verbal reprimand. This is one of those rare books on modern intelligence operations that gets everything right- the authors made a decisive choice to not use the ubiquitous ‘anonymous sourcing’ so common to the genre International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence.

Betrayal: the Story of Aldrich Ames, an American Spy

Archived from the original on January 29, The recommendation was ignored. A lot left just barely mentioned–like the people who got killed as a result of the information he leaked. Contrary to the James Bond thrillers, Aldrich Ames turns out to be an ordinary spy who is sloppy in his work and drinks his way to stardom. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Ames was initially “terrified” at the prospect of taking the test, but he was advised by the KGB “to just relax”.

Aldrich Ames

Ames did not originally plan to have a career with the Og, but after attaining the grade of GS-7 and having received good performance appraisals, he was accepted into the Career Trainee Program despite several alcohol-related brushes with the police.

Although the book was obviously written pre-Robert Hanssen- and thus has a great deal of praise for the FBI’s counterintelligence program which also had a simultaneous mole that remained activethe story of what amounted to the complete destruction of the CIA’s network behind the Iron Curtain is chilling.

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Nevertheless, Nancy Ames performed part-time administrative work in her husband’s office.

References to this book Red Spies in America: Ames’ ineptitude as a spy is surpassed only by the bureaucracy and rivalry between the CIA and the FBI that kept the investigation into Ames’ inexplicable wealth from progressing. At least it felt quick to me; I read it in three days, because I couldn’t put it down!

Returning to the Washington area, Ames took full-time employment at the CIA doing the same sort of clerical jobs he had performed in high school. Federal Sldrich of Prisons. At a diplomatic reception in Mexico City, Ames got into a loud, drunken argument with a Cuban official that “caused alarm” among his superiors.

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At a Christmas party inAmes was discovered intoxicated and in “a compromising position” with a female CIA employee. It was a fast read and reminded me of Thor and Flynn. Lists with This Book. Gary rated it really liked behrayal Oct 26, Other editions – View all Betrayal: Probably because we want to see what any of us could become given the right circumstances.

Ames routinely assisted another CIA office that assessed Soviet embassy officials as potential intelligence assets. Amazing that this guy went undetected for so long.