Aldrich Hazen Ames (born May 26, 1941) is a former Central Intelligence Agency counter-intelligence officer and analyst, who, in 1994, was convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and Russia.
Ames routinely assisted another CIA office that assessed Soviet embassy officials as potential intelligence assets. As part of this responsibility, and with the knowledge of both the CIA and the FBI, Ames began making contacts within the Soviet Embassy. In April 1985, Ames provided information to the Soviets that he believed was “essentially valueless” but that would establish his credentials as a CIA insider. He also asked for $50,000, which the Soviets quickly paid.
Ames later claimed that he had not prepared for more than the initial “con game” to satisfy his immediate indebtedness, but once having “crossed a line,” he “could never step back.” Ames soon identified more than ten top-level CIA and FBI sources who were reporting on Soviet activities. Not only did Ames believe that there was “as much money as [he] could ever use” in betraying these intelligence assets, but their elimination would also reduce the chance of his own espionage being discovered.
In March 1993 the CIA and FBI began an intensive investigation of Ames that included electronic surveillance, combing through his trash, and a monitor installed in his car to track his movements. From November 1993 until his arrest, Ames was kept under virtually constant physical surveillance. When in early 1994 he was scheduled to attend a conference in Moscow, the FBI believed it could wait no longer, and he and his wife were arrested on February 21, 1994. At arrest, Ames told the officers, “You’re making a big mistake! You must have the wrong man!”
On February 22, 1994, Ames and his wife were formally charged by the United States Department of Justice with spying for the Soviet Union and Russia. Ames could have faced the death penalty because his betrayal had resulted in the deaths of a number of CIA assets. However, he received a sentence of life imprisonment, and his wife received a 5-year prison sentence for conspiracy to commit espionage and tax evasion as part of a plea-bargain by Ames.
In court, Ames admitted that he had compromised “virtually all Soviet agents of the CIA and other American and foreign services known to me” and provided the USSR and Russia with a “huge quantity of information on United States foreign, defense and security policies.” It is estimated that information Ames provided to the Soviets led to the compromise of at least a hundred U.S. intelligence operations and to the execution of at least ten U.S. sources.
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It’s true with any occupation: a job well done deserves an accolade.
You’ve heard tales of dubious veracity and far-flung rumors – a special few, chosen for their hard work and dedication or, sometimes, solely for their beauty, invited to the white chambers of your lord.
The details of the visit and the nature of the reward vary greatly. Some supposedly receive trinkets, some leave with armor forged with skill beyond human ability, some receive lifelong blessings of health and youth. There are those that have claimed receiving favors of a far more carnal nature.
And, going even farther into the domain of the fantastic, were the tales of some having been eaten (“Flesh must taste all the sweeter if it belongs to you,” they said). This is patently false, you think. After all, who could stomach a mortal man after devouring gods? But it was undeniable that some Faithfuls left in the night and never returned.