We have been writing each other since the mid-90s. I actually feel sympathy for him because I know from experience how someone can get entrapped by Soviet/Russian intelligence.   He’s not the first, nor will he be the last, American intelligence officer to be recruited by a hostile intelligence service.

My latest communication from him is letter dated February 8, 2012. It is in reply to a letter I sent him in  January, 2012. I hadn’t written him in a few years, but I wanted him to know I published ROOFMAN as an ebook. If he had a way to read it, I would send him a free copy.

Here is his letter:

Here is a transcript of his letter:

Dear Roofman,

I was happy to get your (post) card and the news that you’ve got IT published.

The BoP (Bureau of Prisons) so far isn’t into the digital age far enough for me to be able to get it, but progress is underway and who knows what the future may hold? (Most BoP prisoners have access to a form of email now, though I have been barred for no apparent reason. Bernie Madoff has it though.)

Hope your reviewers are happy and asking for more!

Regards,

Rick

P.S. I like your Darwinian T shirt (So do I)

A link to my website http://roofmanthespy.com/ where my first letter to Mr. Ames and his reply can be found. Click on the page “Interesting Stuff” and then on “Letter to a Spy” for my letter to him. Click on “Re: From a Spy” for his reply to me.

I will be sending Mr. Ames another letter soon, enclosing business cards along with a reminder to let me know when BoP finally goes digital.  I do hope his incarceration goes well. Like I said, I really feel for the poor guy.

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Comments
  1. Eric V says:

    Mr Ames is not in Colorado is he? He is probably a nicer guy unlike some other spies. Is he responsible for any deaths in Russia?

  2. John Pansini says:

    Mr. Ames is not in Colorado. Robert Hanssen, a former FBI agent now in prison for spying for Russia and the Soviet Union, is in federal prison in Canyon City.

    Unfortunately, Mr. Ames IS responsible for the deaths of Soviets spying for the CIA — many of whom were themselves entrapped by American intelligence. Espionage and counterespionage is a very dirty business.

    I feel bad for those lives lost and for what Mr. Ames did. After reading many of the accounts of his case, I believe he was gotten to via his wife.

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