Aleksandr Dmitrievich Ogorodnik

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Alexander Dmitrievich Ogorodnik
Born 1939
Died June 22, 1977(1977-06-22) (aged 37–38)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Nationality Soviet
Occupation Diplomat, spy

Alexander Dmitrievich Ogorodnik (Russian: Александр Дмитриевич Огородник, 1939 – June 22, 1977) was a Soviet diplomat who, while stationed in Bogotá, was contacted by the Colombian intelligence agency and the CIA to spy on the Soviet Union, operating under the code name TRIGON.[1] He initially showed little promise and claimed he knew only of Colombian political affairs. He was later transferred to the Soviet Foreign Ministry in Moscow. In this new position, he was able to photograph a great deal of secret diplomatic cables, many of which were sent daily to the White House. Ogorodnik eventually requested a suicide pill to be used in the event that he was caught. His chief handler, famed CIA traitor Aldrich Ames, was able to supply him with one, and in 1977 Ogorodnik used it after being betrayed by a Czechoslovakian translator working for the CIA, Karl Koecher.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Peterson, Martha (2012). The Widow Spy. Wilmington, North Carolina: Red Canary Press. p. 117. ISBN 0983878129.