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Counterintelligence: Aldrich H. Ames

Counterintelligence can be described as activities designed to prevent or thwart spying, intelligence gathering, and sabotage by an enemy or other foreign entity. This guide provides books, articles, reports, websites, and videos on the subject.

Aldrich H. Ames, CIA

Aldrich Hazen Ames is a former 31-year CIA counterintelligence operative and analyst who committed espionage against the United States by spying for the Soviet Union and Russia.  He was convicted of espionage in 1994.  Arrested with him was his wife, Rosario Ames, who had aided and abetted his espionage activities.



Podcast-- Aldrich Ames


Online Resources

Video: Aldrich Ames-- The Ultimate Double Agent, Part 1: Sellng Secrets

In the first episode of a 2-part True Spies story, Sophia Di Martino joins journalist and spy chronicler Bryan Denson to uncover the inglorious origins of Ames' betrayal - and the beginnings of his downfall. Dec 2022.

Video: Aldrich Ames-- The Ultimate Double Agent, Part 2: Operation Nightmover


In part 2, Sophia Di Martino joins FBI Special Agent Leslie G Wiser Jr on the toughest assignment of his career so far. But to take down Aldrich Ames, he'll need to bend the rules... Dec 2022.

Video: Catching a Rusian Spy

Explanation of how traitor Aldrich Ames betrayed his country, caused US assets to be killed, and ultimately was brought to justice. March 2020.