Harold James Nicholson
(born 1950) is a former Central Intelligence Agency
officer, who in 1997 was convicted of selling U.S. intelligence to Russia
for $180,000 and was sentenced to 23 years in prison
. CIA officials believe that he sold the identities of all the U.S. spies in Russia. Although his case received far less publicity than that of Aldrich Ames
, and apparently caused less damage to U.S. national security
, Nicholson was the highest ranking CIA official ever convicted for spying for a foreign country.
Other Notable American Moles
Other Agents in place in the US Government or Military who worked as a Mole for either the KGB or the SVR, include:
- James Hall III - An Army warrant officer and intelligence analyst in Germany who sold eavesdropping and code secrets to East Germany and the Soviet Union from 1983 to 1988.
- Aldrich Ames - A CIA mole charged with providing highly classified information since 1985 to the Soviet Union and then Russia.
- Robert Hanssen - Arrested for spying for the Soviet Union and Russia for more than 15 years of his 27 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- Earl Edwin Pitts - An FBI agent charged with providing Top Secret documents to the Soviet Union and then Russia from 1987 until 1992.
- George Trofimoff - a retired Army Reserve colonel, charged in June 2000 of spying for the KGB and the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (or SVR) for over 25 years.