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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To ask other readers questions about Betrayalplease sign up. One of the best of its kind. Archived from the original on 29 October The monitor sometimes failed, frustrating the FBI on several occasions. Every single tell that Ames was spying was held out in the open, yet the CIA chose to make excuses. The CIA realized something was wrong but was reluctant to consider the possibility of an agency mole.

Nevertheless, the CIA moved slowly.

Be fresh and rested. Dallas rated it liked it Feb 24, It makes no bones about the blunders and bloomers of the CIA as well. stpry

Betrayal: the Story of Aldrich Ames, an American Spy

Nov 16, J. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This book reports his crimes exquisitely, although I may have to follow up with the most recent one written in TV by the Numbers.

Marco Cenocci rated it really liked it May 12, You must have the wrong man! Nevertheless, Nancy Ames performed part-time administrative work in her husband’s office. Archived from the original on Weiner provides another winner! Excellent account of a Cold War spying operation, its discovery and impacts to national security.


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.

Betrayal: The Story of Aldrich Ames, an American Spy by Tim Weiner

Justanotheralias rated it really liked it Dec 13, However, a bright point in that assignment is when Ames handled a Czech asset and prevented recapture, which so impressed Ames’ superiors he was recommended for a more demanding assignment. He then became an assistant technical director at a Chicago brtrayal until February Ames’s mug shot, taken on the day of his arrest. Jan 09, David K.

The KGB threw U. This is one of those rare books on modern intelligence operations that gets everything right- am authors made a decisive choice to not use the ubiquitous ‘anonymous sourcing’ so common stoyr the genre You Must Have the Wrong Man. 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.

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Well researched and very engaging, as are all his books. Not bbetrayal did Ames believe that there was “as much money as [he] could ever use” in betraying these intelligence assets, but their elimination would also ameriacn the chance of his own espionage being discovered. Amazing that this guy went undetected for so long. Jan 21, Patrick rated it really liked it. A,drich tell their story here in astonishing detail for the first time.

Also, according to Early, except for a handful of staff members, the CIA had largely abandoned trying solving the case, and more credit for the resolution should be given the FBI. Great book about the biggest insider in Agency history. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The CIA was flummoxed for eight years as to how they are losing their prize assets. In the end, Ames turned out to be the most destructive spy that the CIA ever encountered.


Famous Cases — Aldrich Hazen Ames”. Karen Dyer rated it really liked it Jan 19, Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Dec 30, Thedarkehalf added it. Now that the cold war is over and communism is largely done for, our country still awaits a real national debate on the means and ends and costs of our national security policies A Seminar in Treason.

On February 22,Ames and his wife were formally charged by the Department of Justice with spying for the Soviet Union and Russia. Nevertheless, in —, he was reassigned to the CIA’s Counterintelligence Center Analysis Group, providing him with lf to “extremely sensitive data”, including information on U.

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Though he was a traitor, these observations did make an impact with the House of Representatives. 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.

Apr 25, Andrew rated it it was amazing. Jun 16, Pamela Huxtable rated it liked it Shelves: Suzette Rowland rated it liked hhe Jul 30, In latethe CIA assembled a team to investigate the source of the leaks. The New York Times authors use a journalistic approach to sources and storytelling that keeps the narrative moving.

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