Ms. Sandra Grimes, co-author of Circle of Treason: A CIA account of the Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed, presented a CIA insider’s account of the decade long hunt for, who is without a doubt, the most notorious and damaging CIA officer to ever work as a KGB agent inside Langley. Ms. Grimes’ and her co-author Jeanne Vertefeuille’s (who passed away about 18 months ago) credibility was evident from the start because they both knew and worked with ”Rich” Ames for over 20 years; Grimes actually shared a car pool with Ames at one time. The book is dedicated to those identified in the title; “... the Men he betrayed,” those Soviet assets working for theUSwhowerearrested,jailedandexecuted.GrimesandVertefeuille also identified the assets’ families as victims of Ames’ treachery. Grimes skillfully presented the details of the 1985-86 role-up of at least 8 of CIA’s most valuable Soviet assets. There was a lot of uncertainty because nothing of this scope and magnitude had happen before. The working theories were “maybe” there was a mole or “perhaps” our communications were compromised. To further complicate the situation CIA was being played-by the KGB, with guidance from Ames, and was sending in controlled agents to provide false leads. Additionally, about the same time as Ames was active, FBI Special Agent Robert Hanssen was also providing information to the KGB on FBI and CIA assets. It took another 10 years before Ames was under suspicion, investigated and arrested for his betrayal. In the Circle of Treason the authors provide insight into the reasons for Ames’ volunteering to provide information to the KGB, as well as providing a glimpse into the sometime contentious counter- intelligence “cooperation” between CIA and the FBI during the Ames investigation. DIAA is presently in negotiations with the author’s publisher for Ms. Grimes to speak at an upcoming Defense Intel Forum.
BIO: Sandra V. 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. Born in New York State and spent her childhood and formative years in Colorado. 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, currently lives in Great Falls, Virginia with her husband of forty-plus years. Co-Author 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 served on contract as an analyst lived in McLean, VA until her death in 2012.
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