The betrayal of trust carries a heavy taboo.
I'm a traitor, but I don't consider myself a traitor.
Deciding whether to trust or credit a person is always an uncertain task.
I handed over names and compromised so many CIA agents in the Soviet Union.
The human spy, in terms of the American espionage effort, had never been terribly pertinent.
The use of the polygraph has done little more than create confusion, ambiguity and mistakes.
My little scam in April '85 went like this: Give me $50,000; here's some names of some people we've recruited.
The FBI, to its credit in a self-serving sort of way, rejects the routine use of the polygraph on its own people.
By the late '70s I had come to question the point of a great deal of what we were doing, in terms of the CIA's overall charter.
No one's interested really in knowing what policies or diplomatic initiatives or arms negotiations might have been compromised by me.