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The Hunt for and Identification of CIA Traitor Aldrich Ames

Wed, Nov 14, 2018, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

You are cordially invited to a lecture on the topic of
The Hunt for and Identification of CIA Traitor Aldrich Ames
Sandy Grimes
Veteran of the CIA’s Clandestine Service

Wednesday, November 14th
4:00 – 5:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C.


aldrich ames

About the Lecture: In 1985 and 1986, the CIA experienced the unparalleled loss of its stable of Soviet assets, which all but wiped out human source reporting on the Soviet Union. In this lecture, Ms. Grimes will discuss her and her co-spy catcher’s personal involvement in the CIA’s effort to identify the reason for those losses and to protect future Soviet assets from a similar fate of execution. In 1991, the quest led them to search for a Soviet spy in the CIA. They came to identify that individual as CIA Case Officer, Aldrich Ames, a long-time friend and co-worker. In February of 1994, Ames was arrested by the FBI and sentenced to life in prison.

About the Speaker:  Sandy Grimes is a twenty-six year veteran of the CIA’s Clandestine Service. She spent most of her career working against the former Soviet Union supporting many of the CIA’s most valuable cases, including penetrations of the KGB and GRU. She is co-author of the book “Circle of Treason,” which details the search for a Soviet traitor in CIA. It is also the basis for an ABC News mini-series “The Asset”, which aired in 2014. The daughter of parents who worked on the Manhattan Project, Sandy spent her formative years in Denver, Colorado, where she substituted a course in Russian for the dreaded junior year of physics that set the direction of her personal and professional life. She holds a BA in Russian from the University of Washington, Seattle. She is a mother of two daughters and grandmother of four. She lives in Great Falls, Virginia with her husband of 49 years.


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