Aldrich Ames’ life prior to his espionage involvement was highly revolved around the Central Intelligence Agency. Carleton Ames, Aldrich’s father, moved his family to the northern Virginia area in 1952 and began working for the CIA’s Directorate of Operations. In 1957, “Rick” followed in his father’s footsteps and secured a summer job at the CIA as a Records Analyst where he marked classified documents for filing. He continued this work summer after summer every year through 1959. After a struggle of inadequate grades ultimately resulting in his withdrawal from the University of Chicago, Ames returned t...
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While in Mexico, Aldrich Ames continued to specialize in Soviet cases. Although his first review was mostly positive, his second and final assessments continued to become progressively weaker. He was much stronger while handling established assets rather than establishing new ones, and he spent little time outside the office, developed few assets, and again was late with financial accountings. Additionally, his evaluations were generally apathetic and focused heavily on his poor administrative work. Regardless, his supervisors indicated he “occasionally exceeds the work standards” and “his performance is good”. CIA records show that in 1982, Ames was considered for a Deputy Chief of Station assignment in another Latin American country, but neither of his immediate supervisors supported the assignment due to his ordinary performance.
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