Circle of Treason: CIA Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He by Sandra V. Grimes, Jeanne Vertefeuille

By Sandra V. Grimes, Jeanne Vertefeuille

Circle of Treason information the authors’ own involvement in search of and eventual id of a Soviet mole within the CIA throughout the Nineteen Eighties and Nineties. the quest for the presumed traitor was once necessitated through the lack of just about all of the CIA’s huge sturdy of Soviet intelligence officials operating for the USA opposed to their native land. Aldrich Ames, a long-time acquaintance and co-worker of the authors within the Soviet-East ecu department and Counterintelligence middle of CIA, grew to become out to be that mole. In April 1985 Ames walked in to the Soviet Embassy in Washington, D. C. and volunteered to the KGB, operating for the Soviet Union for 9 years till his arrest by means of the FBI in February 1994.

Ames was once arguably the most damaging traitors in American historical past, and is so much famous for delivering info which ended in the loss of life of not less than eleven Soviet intelligence officials who spied for the West. The authors participated within the majority of those situations and the ebook offers designated debts of the operational touch with the brokers in addition to different related very important instances with which the authors additionally had own involvement. The tales of the courageous males who have been carried out or imprisoned through the Soviet Union contain GRU basic Dmitriy Fedorovich Polyakov, KGB Colonel Leonid Georgiyevich Poleshchuk, KGB Colonel Vladimir Mikhaylovich Piguzov, GRU technical officer Nikolay Chernov, GRU Lieutenant Colonel Boris Nikolayevich Yuzhin, KGB clinical and technical officer Vladimir Ippolitovich Vetrov, GRU Colonel Vladimir Mikhaylovich Vasilyev, GRU officer Gennadiy Aleksandrovich Smetanin, KGB illegals aid officer Gennadiy Grigoryevich Varenik, KGB medical and technical officer Valeriy Fedorovich Martynov, KGB political intelligence officer Sergey Mikhaylovich Motorin, KGB officer Sergey Vorontsov, and Soviet scientist Adolf Grigoryevich Tolkachev. different operations contain KGB technical officer Viktor Ivanovich Sheymov, GRU Colonel Sergey Ivanovich Bokhan, and KGB Colonel Aleksey Isidorovich Kulak. Of specific be aware within the previous checklist of brokers compromised through Aldrich Ames is GRU normal Dmitriy Fedorovich Polyakov, the highest-ranking secret agent ever run by means of the U.S. govt opposed to the Soviet Union throughout the chilly conflict. defined because the “Crown Jewel”, he supplied the U.S. with a treasure trove of data in the course of his 20-plus 12 months heritage of cooperation.

The ebook additionally covers the aftermath of Aldrich Ames arrest: the Congressional wrath on CIA for now not deciding on him ; FBI/CIA debriefings of Ames following his plea discount; a retrospective of Ames the individual and Ames the undercover agent; and a comparability of Ames and FBI distinctive agent and Soviet secret agent Robert Hanssen, arrested in February 2001 and sentenced to lifestyles in criminal for spying for the Soviet Union opposed to the U.S. for over two decades. even supposing no longer individually fascinated with the Hanssen research, the 2 authors have been peripherally excited about what turned, after many fake starts off the Hanssen case.

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Establish workable tasking mechanisms to ensure that strategic intelligence resources are applied to issues of genuine concern and importance to the organization’s role and responsibilities. Continue to provide expert strategic intelligence training not only to practitioners, but adapted to suit the awareness needs of other intelligence officers and of supervisors, managers, and executives. OVERVIEW OF THE IMPLEMENTATION AND IMPACT ■ ■ ■ 49 Ensure that analysts and clients work together to conduct projects in such a way that even where substantial changes are required to earlier plans and expectations, both cooperate to develop revised project plans that still achieve organizational needs.

Moreover, the time lost and the sheer effort of trying to communicate clearly without the ability to respond and react quickly brings its own sense of being “detached” from each other’s reality, with the result that the work may not quite address all of the concerns of the client. On the other hand, the client may never get to properly understand exactly what might have been achieved had the communication mechanism been more able to facilitate the exchange of views so essential to planning strategic research.

The popular and respected intelligence authors of the 1980s (Maartens, Morris, and Peterson, to name but a few) rarely, if ever, mentioned strategic intelligence, and, even then, in no substantive detail. Of course, intelligence journals from the military and national security areas frequently referred to the genre. However, it was and to some degree still remains my observation that no one had bothered to focus on this topic, to think it through, and to articulate the concepts and their potential application in modern law enforcement or any other activity of government.

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