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Video Former U.S. intelligence official Richard Haver provides insights into the thinking of turncoats gained from his role investigating three high-profile cases. Watch the entire interview with David Ensor.

John Walker: Doing ‘the greatest degree of harm’ to U.S. intelligence in 25 years
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A portrait of Aldrich Ames: Intelligent, arrogant and ‘catastrophic’ to the CIA
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Vitaly Yurchenko: Defector, or disinformation artist?
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Jonathan Pollard: 'Manipulative, intelligent ... very confused'
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Common threads: Intelligence, and a background of borderline behavior
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  CNN Experience: Cold War
An interview with Aldrich Ames

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CNN In-Depth Special: Cold War

CIA spy hunter talks to CNN about notorious turncoats

May 29, 2000
Web posted at: 8:52 p.m. EDT (0052 GMT)

(CNN) -- Richard Haver, former hunter and interrogator of spies, knows firsthand the havoc they can do to a nation's intelligence network.

In the 1980s and 1990s, the former executive director of the Central Intelligence Agency's Community Management Staff investigated three of the 20th century's most notorious cases of U.S. citizens spying against the United States.

In an in-depth interview with National Security Correspondent David Ensor, Haver talks about his experiences with retired U.S. Navy Warrant Officer John Anthony Walker; Aldrich Ames, a longtime CIA employee posted to the office that handled clandestine operations around the globe; and Jonathan Pollard, a Navy intelligence analyst.

For almost 20 years, Walker sold top-secret encryption codes to the Soviets that allowed them into the inner sanctum of United States operations and methods. He went even further, recruiting a spy ring that included his own son.

"He opened up windows way beyond just Navy access for extended periods of time," says Haver, now vice president for Intelligence Business Development at TRW. "And when someone compromises your secure communications, they have compromised your entire system."

Haver remembers Ames as arrogant and smart, a professional intelligence officer with perhaps a penchant for drinking too much. But his spying on behalf of the former Soviet Union proved "catastrophic" to the CIA's human intelligence operations.

"In the spy game, when you're penetrated, when someone is working for the other side inside your security world, they then own you," Haver says.

Then there was Pollard, who gave truckloads of the most closely held secrets away to a friendly nation: Israel. Haver says Pollard is a "heavy user" of illegal drugs and a traitor who would also have compromised the Israelis "if it had struck him as something he wanted to do."

In Ensor's report Haver recalls the wiles of Walker, Ames and Pollard and the lessons they taught America's intelligence community.

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