Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed

Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed

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ISBN-13: 9781591143963
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 11/15/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 159,746
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author


Sandra Grimes was a twenty-six year veteran of CIA's Clandestine Service who spent the majority of her career working against the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. She joined the CIA in July 1967 shortly after graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Russian. A mother of two grown daughters and four grandchildren, she currently lives in Great Falls, Virginia, with her husband of forty-plus years.


Jeanne Vertefeuille was a CIA officer during the Cold War 1954-1992, specializing in the Soviet target, particularly in the Counterintelligence area. She led the small task force which resulted in the arrest of Soviet mole Aldrich Ames in 1994. Subsequently she served on contract as an analyst 1993-present and died just after the publication of the book in hardcover.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Jeanne's Story 1

Chapter 2 Sandy's Story 10

Chapter 3 Overview of SE Operations 20

Chapter 4 The Polyakov Case-The Beginnings 26

Chapter 5 The Polyakov Case-The Middle 37

Chapter 6 The Polyakov Case-The End 48

Chapter 7 Early Major Cases 55

Chapter 8 Later Major Cases 80

Chapter 9 Things Begin to Go Wrong 95

Chapter 10 First Attempts 102

Chapter 11 CIC Formation 112

Chapter 12 Beginning of the Focus on Ames 120

Chapter 13 The Investigation Gets New Life 127

Chapter 14 Ames Emerges as a Major Focus 138

Chapter 15 The FBI Takes Over 145

Chapter 16 Reactions to the Arrest of Ames 149

Chapter 17 Ames the Person, Ames the Spy 161

Chapter 18 Hanssen and Ames-A Comparison 183

Chapter 19 Final Thoughts 188

onor Roll 193

Selected Chronology 194

Notes 208

Selected Bibliography 213

Index 219

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Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed 2.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exceptionally well-written account of the many unsung heroes whose lives were lost as a result of US traitor, Ames. Grimes and Vertefeuille should be given high accolades for the expansive historical account, including never before shared information; while at the same time keeping the reader engaged in the lives of those who were betrayed. Underpinning the entire book is the story of Grimes and Vertefeuille, two remarkable women who worked tirelessly to protect our country and those who were helping to protect our country. They are true American heroes who should be recognized for their remarkable selfless acts.
gopaul More than 1 year ago
If your interested in the CIA and all the code names and abbreviations, this is your book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is poorly written. 3/4 of book has nothing to do with Ames. Most is the life history of the 2 writers. Of the books I have read about Ames this is definately the worst.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of the book is facts and titles that most people are not aware of or interested in and too much information on subjects that have nothing to do with Ames. I cannot give this book anything but less than one star and certainly not worth the almost $17.00 for the e-book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago