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CIA spy hunter talks about notorious turncoats
(CNN) -- Richard Haver knows firsthand the havoc a crafty spy 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 met with and investigated two of the most notorious American spies of the 20th century: retired U.S. Navy warrant officer John Walker and Aldrich Ames, a longtime CIA employee posted to the office that handled clandestine operations around the globe.
For almost 20 years, Walker sold top-secret encryption codes to the Russians 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," Haver, now vice president for Intelligence Business Development at TRW, told CNN National Security Correspondent David Ensor "And when someone compromises your secure communications, they have compromised your entire system."
Haver remembers Ames as arrogant, smart and 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.
Haver recalls the wiles of Walker and Ames and the lessons they taught America's intelligence community in an in-depth interview with Ensor.
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