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Review of the FBI's Performance in Uncovering the Espionage Activities of Aldrich Hazen Ames (April, 1997)   [open pdf - 39KB]

"In this report, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Justice (DOJ) examines the performance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in uncovering the espionage activities of former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Directorate of Operations officer Aldrich Hazen Ames. Because Presidential Executive Order 12333 gives the FBI primary responsibility for combatting espionage conducted within United States borders, Ames' espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union, and later Russia, fell within the FBI's jurisdiction. [...] After his arrest, Ames disclosed that he had engaged in espionage for nine years -- from the spring of 1985 until his arrest in February 1994. During that time, Ames provided a wealth of classified information to his handlers. In particular, Ames provided information to the KGB that led to the compromise and execution of at least ten CIA and FBI intelligence sources. Assessments following Ames' arrest have indicated that Ames' betrayal will continue to have a negative effect on this nation's intelligence efforts for years to come. After Ames' arrest, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) recommended that the CIA Inspector General investigate the CIA's performance in connection with Ames. In September 1994, the CIA Inspector General issued a report detailing deficiencies in the CIA's counterintelligence effort and management of personnel. After reviewing various issues relating to the Ames matter, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) issued a report recommending an examination of the FBI's performance in connection with Ames. We initiated our review in response to that recommendation."

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1997-04-21
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U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General: http://www.justice.gov/oig/
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