Sunday, 15 December 2019

Cold War Spy



KGB Agent Aldrich Ames

Is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole at a Federal Correctional Institution in the United States of America for a most egregious crime, espionage.



Rick had CIA in his blood. His father had worked for the company as an analyst in Turkey. 

Rick joined up in 1962...

The job took him places. Mexico City, New York, Paris, Rome. 

His Russian was better than good, so he could hang out, mingle and hobnob with the Soviets assigned to the UN.

As Chief of Soviet Branch of the Counter-Intelligence Division for the CIA, his hobnobbing with Soviets wouldn't have seemed suspicious to colleagues.

Sometime in 1985, CIA officer Aldrich (Rick) Ames walked into a Soviet embassy with a massive amount of classified CIA documents under his coat for the KGB. 

A present, to show his good faith. 

He knew the documents would convince of his good intentions, trustworthiness and loyalty to the KGB, after they had been examined.

The reason?




Money, Greed and Vanity.

"I needed the money." He was becoming knee-deep in debt, he said. He also had a personal grouse that he wasn't being promoted fast enough. The one thing everyone agrees on though, and Rick has never denied, was Maria...

Ames met his second wife Maria del Rosario Casa, a Colombian, in Mexico City when he worked there.


Some people spy for ideology, patriotism, a cause, or just out of pure bloody-mindedness. Others for personal, psychological, economical and political reasons. 

Ames sold mens lives for his own convenience. "The men I sold... What happened to them also happened to me." He said, talking about the 'living death' of spending the rest of his life in prison.

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Cold War Spy

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