"Espionage, for the most part, involves finding a person who knows something or has something that you can induce them secretly to give to you. That almost always involves a betrayal of trust."
"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."Aldrich Ames on William Shakespeare
"For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth."Aldrich Ames on Bo Bennett
"The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool."Aldrich Ames on Stephen King
"Learning to trust is one of life's most difficult tasks."Aldrich Ames on Isaac Watts
"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement."Aldrich Ames on Golda Meir
"The Soviet Union did not achieve victory over the West, so was my information inadequate to help them to victory, or did it play no particular role in their failure to achieve victory?"
"I found that our Soviet espionage efforts had virtually never, or had very seldom, produced any worthwhile political or economic intelligence on the Soviet Union."
"In my professional work with the Agency, by the late '70s, I had come to question the value of a great deal of what we were doing, in terms of the intelligence agency's impact on American policy."
"Our Soviet espionage efforts had virtually never, or had very seldom, produced any worthwhile political or economic intelligence on the Soviet Union."
"There are so many things a large intelligence espionage organization can do to justify its existence, that people can get promotions for, because it could result in results."