SPY CASES - UNITED STATES

Aldrich Hazen Ames

Reportage on the Case to 1999

The place to begin in trying to understand the Ames case is Arthur S. Hulnick, "The Ames Case: HOW Could It Happen?" International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 8, no. 2 (Summer 1995): 133-154.

Materials that deal with the impact of the Ames case on the CIA and U.S. intelligence generally are listed separately, under "Fallout from the Ames Case" -- 1994 and 1995-1996.

Materials presented chronologically.

Smith, R. Jeffrey, and Michael Isikoff. "Seven Years and 10 Deaths Later, a Spy Arrest Is Made." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 28 Feb.-6 Mar. 1994, 33.

Jones, Tamara. "What the Secret Agent Kept Secret." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 7-13 Mar. 1994, 8.

Wise, David. "The Cold that Came in with the Spy." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 7-13 Mar. 1994, 9.

Epstein, Edward Jay. "Was Ames Alone?" Wall Street Journal, 8 Mar. 1994. [http://www.edwardjayepstein.com/archived/amesalone.htm]

Some intelligence "officials placed great faith in the CIA's lie detector tests and other routine security procedures and derided those who had less faith in these defenses -- notably Angleton and his counterintelligence staff -- as 'paranoid,' indulging in 'sick think' or otherwise out of touch with reality. The Ames case demonstrates that such faith was misplaced."

Pincus, Walter, R. Jeffrey Smith, and Pierre Thomas. "The Spy Who Slipped Through the Cracks." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 14-20 Mar. 1994, 31.

Pincus, Walter. "Marriage, Money and a Suspected Spy." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 11-17 Apr. 1994, 33.

Pincus, Walter. "At the Heart of It All Was Money." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 9-15 May 1994, 31-32.

Weiner, Tim. "Why I Spied: Aldrich Ames." New York Times Magazine, 31 Jul. 1994, 16-19.

Johnston, David. "How the F.B.I. Finally Caught Aldrich Ames." New York Times, 27 Jan. 1995, A9 (N).

Pincus, Walter. "Sifting the Trash to Find a Spy." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 6-12 Feb. 1995, 34.

Pincus, Walter. "Is There More to the Ames Story?" Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 27 Feb.-5 Mar. 1995, 31-32.

Pincus, Walter. "Not a Happy Camper: Aldrich Ames, the CIA Spy, Is Warring with the Agency Over His Prison Conditions." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 21-27 Apr. 1995, 10-11.

Hulnick, Arthur S. "The Ames Case: HOW Could It Happen?" International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 8, no. 2 (Summer 1995): 133-154.

Corn, David. "C.I.A. Mole Seeks Daylight: A Talk with Aldrich Ames." The Nation, 11 Sep. 1995, 238-240.

Smith, Esmond D. [CAPT/USN (Ret)] "Security and the Ames Case: An Assessment." Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 11, no. 4 (Oct. 1995): 4-8.

Earley, Pete. "'Treason?' He Repeats the Word Out Loud as if He Is Shocked by It." U.S. News and World Report, 17 Feb. 1997, 29-35.

Johnston, David. "Justice Dept. Calls F.B.I. Derelict in Pursuit of C.I.A.'s Most Damaging Spy." New York Times, 18 Apr. 1997, A13 (N).

U.S. Department of Justice. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Office of the Inspector General. A Review of the FBI's Performance in Uncovering the Espionage Activities of Aldrich Hazen Ames. Washington, DC: Apr. 1997. [http://www.justice.gov/oig/special/9704.htm]

This is the "unclassified executive summary," dated 21 April 1997, of a 400-page report delivered by the FBI Inspector General, Michael R. Bromwich, to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the Attorney General, the FBI Director, and the DCI on 15 April 1997.

[Vertefeuille, Jeanne.] "Jeanne Vertefeuille's Address at CIRA Luncheon, 5 May 1997." CIRA Newsletter 22, no 2 (Summer 1997): 3-5.

Pincus, Walter. "Ames Fights IRS Tax Bill on Moscow Spy Pay." Washington Post, 18 Oct. 1998, A2. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"Ames will go before a federal judge in Pennsylvania next week to fight a $404,392 bill the IRS levied against him for failure to pay income taxes on more than $1 million he received in payments from Moscow for espionage between 1989 and 1992."

Brennan, Patricia. "Student, Trouper, Good Friend, Spy: A Filmmaker Plots the 'Traitor Within.'" Washington Post, 29 Nov. 1998, Y6. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Report on the background of Robert Benedetti's Showtime film, "Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within," aired on 29 November 1998. Benedetti describes the film thusly: "If there was a choice to be made for historical accuracy and dramatic value, we chose dramatic value. It's sort of novelized history, history for dramatic purposes. As such, it is mostly a character study; the psychology and the drama is more important than the politics and the history."

Pincus, Walter. "Ames Seeks to Renegotiate 1994 Guilty Plea Over Spying for KGB." Washington Post, 15 Sep. 1999, A7. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"Aldrich H. Ames is seeking to renegotiate his 1994 guilty plea, saying in a court filing [in U.S. District Court in Alexandria] that he agreed to a life sentence only to avert a long prison term for his wife, which would have deprived his young son of both parents."

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