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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For years, the Agency was baffled by a wily Russian spymaster who played a high-stakes chess game against the Americans, deceiving the CIA into thinking that there were other moles — or no moles at all. Ames did not originally plan to have a career with the CIA, 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.

Archived from the original on January 29, Archived from the original on The book’s authors do an excellent job of compiling the facts and presenting them in an exciting and engaging way, while wrapping things up keep in mind, this was a true story with an ending that left me feeling uneasy about the security of our intelligence community as a whole.

Lewis Limited preview – Nov 08, Jeremy rated it it was amazing Shelves: But when the CIA lost three other important sources of information about whom Howard could have known nothing, it was clear that the arrests and executions originated from another source. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Ames said he was not afraid of being caught by the FBI or CIA but was afraid of Soviet defectorssaying, “Virtually every American who has been jailed in connection with espionage has been fingered by a Soviet source.

This is his third book. In latethe CIA assembled a team to investigate the source of the leaks. InAmes entered the University of Chicago planning to study foreign cultures and history, but his “long-time passion” for drama resulted in failing grades, and he did not finish his sophomore year.


A really good story. The book’s authors do an excellent job of compiling the facts and presenting them in an exciting and engaging way, while wrapping things up keep in mind, this was a true story with an ending that left me feeling uneasy about the security of our intelligence commun The book sheds light on one of the most notorious American spies of the Cold War era, taking readers through the true-life rise and downfall of a mild-mannered CIA operative who sold out his country for years before being discovered.

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

The New York Times authors use a journalistic approach to sources and storytelling that keeps the narrative moving. Understanding that his new wealth would raise eyebrows, he developed a cover story that his prosperity was the result of money given to him by his Colombian wife’s wealthy family. Very readable and thorough, but in the aldgich, disappointing. I appreciate the author’s refusal to add “anonymous” source data to this book.

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

Amrrican 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.

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Anyone who is interested in real-life espionage history, would love reading zmes book. From inside the book. Rosario Ames was released from federal custody after she completed her sentence. Confidence and a friendly relationship with the examiner.

Betrayal: The Story of Aldrich Ames, an American Spy

An eye-widening look inside one of America’s most ann spy cases. Initial investigations focused on possible breaches caused by Soviet bugs or by a broken code.

He leaves behind a lot of clues to his treacherous endeavors but the CIA remains simply oblivious to his deeds in spite of losing most of their prized assets over just 24 months. There, his performance once again ranged from mediocre to poor and included evidence of problematic drinking.

Books by Tim Weiner. You must have sotry wrong man! Ames apparently received only a verbal reprimand. I think this book was written about ten years before it should have been written–style wise. And, also- the author’s had extensive, on the record interviews with Ames, something apdrich necessary for the book to work. This book reports his crimes exquisitely, although I may have to follow alrdich with the most recent one written in I could not put the damn thing down, it was that good.


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In Marchthe CIA and FBI began an intensive investigation of Ames that included electronic surveillancecombing through his trash, and a monitor installed in his car to track his movements. 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 Be fresh and rested.

Jim Ellis rated it it was amazing May 21, The monitor sometimes failed, frustrating the FBI on several occasions. Fascinating portrait of an astonishingly pathetic spy and the CIA culture that allowed him to get away with murder for more than a decade. I can never forgive Aldrich Ames for betraying the U. Confidence is what does it.

Nevertheless, in —, ameriacn was reassigned to the CIA’s Counterintelligence Center Analysis Group, providing him with access to “extremely sensitive data”, including information on U. To help fabricate this, Ames wired considerable amounts of his espionage profits to his new in-laws in Bogotaas well as to help improve their impoverished status. May 31, David rated it really liked it Shelves: The Agency had substantial data pointing to Ames being involved in exchanging secrets for money with the Soviets, but no one looked at it because the CIA betrayla loathe to accept that there could be a mole in their midst.

A readable account of the Ames espionage case. You Must Have the Wrong Man.