Harold James Nicholson

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.

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