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Aldrich Ames

Aldrich AmesAKA Aldrich Hazen Ames

Born: 26-Mar-1941
Birthplace: River Falls, WI

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Spy
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: CIA agent, divulged names to the Soviets

While working in Soviet counterintelligence for the CIA, Ames provided over 100 names of agents working undercover in the Soviet Union. For this he was paid $2.5 million, allowing him to live a lifestyle that should have aroused suspicion of the CIA, but somehow did not. Even though he wore a Rolex, drove a new Jaguar, and recently moved into a $540,000 mansion (which he paid for in cash).

At least ten of the agents on Ames' list were subsequently assassinated as a direct result of his leak. Ames was arrested in 1994 when 144 reports were found in his possession, none of which had anything to do with his duties. He received a life sentence; his wife Rosario, who was complicit in some of the activities, was sentenced to five years for conspiracy and tax evasion.

Father: Carleton Ames
Mother: Rachel
Wife: Nancy Segebarth (m. 1969, div.)
Wife: Maria del Rosario Casas Dupuy (b. Colombia)

    High School: Langley High School, Langley, VA
    University: University of Chicago
    University: George Washington University (1967)

    CIA employee 1963-94
    Polygraphed (1986)
    Polygraphed (Apr-1991)
    Espionage arrested 21-Feb-1994 by the FBI
    Conspiracy (to commit espionage)
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism

Appears in articles:
International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, v8, n2, Summer 1995, DETAILS: The Ames Case, HOW Could It Happen, BYLINE: Arthur S. Hulnick

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