Circle of Treason

Circle of Treason

A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed

Book - 2013
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Circle of Treason details the authors' personal involvement in the hunt for and eventual identification of a Soviet mole in the CIA during the 1980s and 1990s.
Publisher: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, 2013, c2012.
Edition: 1st paperback ed.
ISBN: 9781591143963
1591143969
Branch Call Number: JK468.I6 G76 2013
Characteristics: xiii, 228 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Vertefeuille, Jeanne

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rpavlacic
Oct 25, 2014

A concise look at how many valuable intelligence assets were "turned" by a long time CIA operative, written by the two women with the agency who were tasked to find the snitch and bring him in. Covers ground already reported by others (other than for the unique first person view here) but it is still a damning indictment not only of Aldrich Ames, but the weaknesses in the intelligence community that allowed the betrayal to happen.

This book was an "impulse" pickup given that I already had Jimmy Carter's book "in hand" (I think I had read his book before but I'm not sure).

This book gave me an insight into the CIA and recent betrayals by Russians and Americans of their own countries and of each other.

Russians are more sympathetic as betrayers because they're known, in part, to be betrayers of a system about ready to sink in economic collapse and that betrayed its own people.

How is that different from the American betrayers? Most of the American betrayers showed lack of a moral compass in their decision making, not just their supporting of a political structure about to collapse on itself.

There are rarely or not any "angels" in the spy world but for my money - a man who betrays a corrupt regime while doing what he can to protect his family is more sympathetic than an American whose father perhaps unduly influenced his own choices.

The CIA does look better than the Russian equivalent of course but not by too far a margin.

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Jun 25, 2013

On 28 April 1994, in the Alexandria Federal Courthouse, Ames and his wife: both dressed in jail house olive drab< pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit espionage.

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