His father was a college lecturer at the Wisconsin State College-River Falls and his mother a high school English teacher. Aldrich was the eldest of three children and the only son. Carleton received a "particularly negative performance appraisal" in part because of serious alcoholism and spent the remainder of his career at CIA headquarters. Beginning in , following his sophomore year, he worked for the CIA for three summers as a low-ranking GS-3 records analyst, marking classified documents for filing. In , Ames 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. He then became an assistant technical director at a Chicago theater until February
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Shelves: espionage Ames routinely assisted another CIA office that assessed Soviet embassy officials as potential intelligence assets. In April , Ames provided information to the Soviets that he believed was "essentially valueless" but would establish his credentials as a CIA insider.
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. The CIA realized something was wrong but was reluctant to consider the possibility of an agency mole. Initial investigations focused on possible breaches caused by Soviet bugs or by a broken code.
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. To help fabricate this, Ames wired considerable amounts of his espionage profits to his new in-laws in Bogota, as well as to help improve their impoverished status.
The KGB threw U. There, his performance once again ranged from mediocre to poor and included evidence of problematic drinking.
For a book with 3 authors, I thought it was "seamless": there were no sections written drastically different. I was just an administrative, contractor drone in Sector 7G, but I Engaging, compelling, and riveting. I was just an administrative, contractor drone in Sector 7G, but I took my god damn duties seriously. As a gay man, it is clear to me that divorced, white, heterosexuals males should not be allowed to have god damn clearances.
I hope both agencies have learned better how to look for and spot spies and similar security risks.
Betrayal: The Story of Aldrich Ames, an American Spy