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SPIES! Spy-Traitors: Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen ~ AUG 23

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Aldrich Ames (CIA) and Robert Hanssen (FBI) are both candidates for the title of "worst spy-traitor since Benedict Arnold."  Ames and Hanssen were double agents who sold for millions of dollars the names of intelligence officers working against the USSR. Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., Friday, August 23, 2019, at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:15PM for the wine reception).

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Aldrich Ames (CIA) and Robert Hanssen (FBI) are both candidates for the title of "worst spy-traitor since Benedict Arnold." Long after the golden age of Soviet espionage in the U.S., Russia continued to recruit moles, but now the motive was money. Ames and Hanssen were double agents who sold for millions the names of intelligence officers working against the USSR. Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., Friday, August 23, 2019, at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:15PM for the wine reception).

Bruce Thompson is a lecturer in the Departments of History and Literature and the Associate Director of Jewish Studies at U.C.-Santa Cruz, and also teaches at the Institute. He received his Ph.D. in History from Stanford; his areas of scholarly research include European intellectual and cultural history, French history, British Isles history, American Jewish intellectual and cultural history, the history of cinema, and the history of espionage.