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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

CIA 'Bungled' Ames Case

WASHINGTON -- More than a dozen active or retired officials either ignored warnings or overlooked complaints, allowing former CIA agent Aldrich Ames to spy for the Soviet Union for nine years, according to a report by the CIA's inspector general.


Chiefs, deputies and operating personnel in the Central Intelligence Agency's security office are singled out for criticism in a 400-page draft of the report described in Sunday's editions of The Washington Post.


The newspaper quoted sources who have seen the draft as saying it criticizes CIA officials for failing to follow up on information about Ames' lavish spending in 1990. The report was particularly critical of the security office's polygraph operation, which passed Ames in 1986 and 1991 despite indications that he lied on key financial questions, The Post said.


CIA spokesman David French said Sunday that he had not seen the draft of the report, but that the final version would soon be delivered to CIA Director R. James Woolsey. The inspector general is chosen independently and confirmed by the Senate.