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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Betrayal: The Story of Aldrich Ames, an American Spy

Additionally, when asked about the polygraph tests, Ames said, “There’s no special magic. His performance was excellent, he received several promotions and bonuses, and was ranked above most operations officers in his pay grade, although his tendency to procrastinate in submissions of financial accounting was noted.

And try to remain as calm and easy as you can.

Betrayxl man would get essentially blackout drunk every day past noon, and yet, was still promoted upwards- one funny detail in the book is Ame’s continually getting so drunk during meetings with his Soviet cutout in Columbia that he forgets where to meet them again- they said Zurich, and he ends up in Vienna.

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His wife received a five-year prison sentence for tax evasion and conspiracy to aemrican espionage as part of a plea bargain by Ames. Ames apparently received only a verbal reprimand. Retrieved from ” https: There are a number of aspects in this sordid episode that I found very interesting. I found the story to be filled with intrigue and historical detail. Initial investigations focused on possible breaches caused by Soviet bugs or by a broken code.

You Must Have the Wrong Man. Traitor Within TV Movie “. Develop rapport aldricn examiner. Nevertheless, in —, he was reassigned to the CIA’s Counterintelligence Center Analysis Group, providing him with access to “extremely sensitive data”, including information on U. It takes some concentration to read berrayal it can get really complicated, with many players and intertwining story lines!


Ames’ lackluster performance reviews were in part the result of heavy drinking. Dec 03, Glenn Robinson rated it liked it. At least it felt quick to me; I read it in three days, because I couldn’t put it down!

I felt the end was a bit of a let-down. Just an excellent read, highly recommended. CIA’s personnel and security offices had recommended that Ames should be kept out of extremely sensitive positions if he married a foreigner. Just ghe excellent book, and a fantastic guide to late-Soviet period Soviet intelligence operations in the United States. This is his third book. Well researched and very engaging, as are all his books. Aldrich was the eldest of three children and the only son.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Diana Worthen, who had known Rosario Ames prior to her marriage, had met with Rosario one day to discuss installing drapes in the Ames residence. Confidence is what does it. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Jan 21, Patrick rated it ths liked it. In fact, Ames’ KGB handlers apologized to him and also disagreed with that course of action but said the decision to immediately eliminate all American assets had been made at the highest political levels.

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Preview — Betrayal by Tim Weiner. Worthen, who had recently installed drapes in her own home, knew they could get expensive and asked which room to concentrate upon first, to which Rosario laughed and said “Do not worry about the price, we are going to have the whole house done at once!

When Ames was assigned to AnkaraTurkeyNancy resigned from the CIA because of a rule that prohibited married partners from working from the same office. Return to Book Page. Nov 08, Jeremy rated it it was amazing Shelves: The recommendation was ignored. Parts were confusing Giving Away. A Seminar in Treason. Ames was initially “terrified” at the prospect of taking the test, but he was advised by the KGB “to just relax”.


Ames’ inattention to details also led him to make two important security violations, including once leaving a briefcase of classified operational materials on the subway. Ames’ attorney, Plato Cacherishad threatened to litigate the legality of FBI searches and seizures in Ames’ home and office without traditional search warrantsalthough Ames’ guilty plea made the threat moot.

All quotes are on the record and the reporting is in depth and well researched. The interviews are entirely on-the-record. 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.

Ames did not originally plan to have a career with the CIA, teh 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 aldirch the police. Anneke rated it liked it Nov 02, The Maes realized something was wrong but was reluctant to consider the possibility of an agency mole. Jun 25, Alicia Utter rated it liked it Shelves: Suzette Rowland rated it liked it Jul 30, And, also- the author’s had extensive, on the record interviews with Ames, something truly necessary for the book to work.