Sandy Grimes

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was part of a small CIA team that helped catch Aldrich Ames, a counterintelligence officer who was subsequently convicted of spying for the Soviet Union.

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TheAssetsABC344 karma

Yes, but I'd have to kill you! :)

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While not a mainstream movie, the old PBS series "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" comes the closest to what it was like working in the CIA.

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I needed a job as I was graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Russian. CIA appeared to be the only possible employer!

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Yes! But it was so many years ago that they're probably in museums now. There was the plastic purse with a camera--a fashion faux pas!

TheAssetsABC148 karma

He was not ideologically driven--it was financial.

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That it's always exciting! While there is a great deal of excitement, there are many days of tedium.

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Good spooks are not paranoid. They're thoughtful, thorough, and well-prepared. Paranoia will only get you into trouble!

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Yes, our book had to be cleared by CIA's publications review board. It was a difficult process, which took a little over 3 years. Over 90% of our original material appears in the book. What was deleted, we considered of insignificance.

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Yes, some who were not executed did make it out after serving long prison terms.

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When I was recruited, I had no idea where I was going to be assigned at CIA headquarters.