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"C.I.A. Still in Dark on Spy's Damage."
Eighteen months after the arrest of Aldrich H. Ames,
Moscow's mole inside the Central Intelligence Agency,
the agency has still not sounded the depths of the
damage he did. The process of looking backward to
reconstruct the past and understand the present -- the
business of "walking back the cat," in espionage argot
-- has proved immensely frustrating. Often he did not
know the true names or roles of the people he betrayed.
The Soviet (and later the Russian) intelligence services
forced some of the men Mr. Ames betrayed to become pawns
in a game of deception, using them to feed false
information on some of those operations to the C.I.A. in
an effort to mislead and mystify the agency. The C.I.A.
became a laughing stock for the way in which it
investigated itself once it knew its Soviet agents had
"Russia's Threat Beneath the Surface."
Most elements of Russias's military arsenal are
shrinking in numbers and effectiveness. Yet Russia is
still completing construction of submarines begun in the
Soviet era, on about the same timetable as the Soviets
produced them. Recently, it laid the keel for an even
more advanced submarine and will enter the next century
with the largest nuclear submarine fleet in the world.
That new Russian subs are so quiet is attributable in
part to the skill of Russian scientists and engineers,
in part to Western technology illicitly acquired, and in
part to help from two convicted American spies, John
Walker and Jerry Whitworth, who for many years sold U.S.
secrets to the Soviet Union.
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