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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 - Sandra V. Grimes, Jeanne Vertefeuille After seeing Argo for the second time on my recent return flight from Salt Lake City, I vowed to finish this book. Who isn't curious about real spies and the CIA agents that work them, are worked by them and are sometimes betrayed by them?Two women CIA agents doggedly tracked down (with the help of many colleagues) traitor Rick Ames. This is that story and the many stories of the KBG or GRU agents who were betrayed by him. The women lay out their work environment, set the stage of the intelligence community at the time, describe their bureaucratic business structure, and the massively burdensome workload of sifting though layers and layers of information to find the proverbial needle in a haystack that would undoubtedly snare the man who wreaked havoc to the US clandestine intelligence program.While the story itself is suspenseful, the telling of the story was not dissimilar to typical intelligence agency bureaucratic reporting. It wasn't great reading, but there is insight into the way these agencies operate just by the way they talk about their work. This wasn't really a book per se, rather a collection of reporting that was filled with intelligence lingo and overlapping data detail that was oftentimes confusing.Like many crime dramas, excitement builds as the evidence is laid bare. In real life, criminals are often mundane souls who make choices that lead to lives lost without too much moral personalizing. In many cases the spies who were betrayed had moral convictions than their betrayer did not. It was interesting to note the extent the intelligence community proffered assistance to Russian family members left behind after their loved one was executed. Responsibility was assumed by those who worked closely with these people, although it is completely ironic that the our own spies who betray the United States typically fared much better than any Soviet spy ever did.