I later heard that Angleton had eye trouble and that the light hurt his eyes, but I was convinced the real reason for the semidarkness was to add to his mystique. I nervously briefed Angleton on my study, and he listened without interrupting, just nodding from time to time.
When I finished, he methodically attacked every one of my conclusions. Hadn’t it occurred to me that Leopold Trepper, the leader of the Rote Kapelle, was a German double?
It was the SVRR that ran CIA officer Harold James Nicholson against us from 1994 to 1996.
There I am, number seven in a row that begins with Angleton.
So, after a career that ended up being far more CI-oriented than I could ever have imagined, I would like to offer some personal observations in the form of “The Ten Commandments of Counterintelligence.” I have chosen the form of commandments because I believe the basic rules of CI are immutable and should be scrupulously followed.
The foreign intelligence service of the new democratic Russia, the Sluzhba Vneshney Razvedki Rossii (SVRR), has remained active against us.
It was the SVRR that took over the handling of Aldrich Ames from its predecessor, the KGB, in 1991.
Angleton’s office was on the second floor of the Original Headquarters Building.