Sasha (espionage)

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Sasha was an alleged Soviet mole in the Central Intelligence Agency during the Cold War.


Under Public Law 96-450, or the "Mole Relief Act",[1]C.I.A. employees accused of being Sasha and who had their careers subsequently ruined were allowed to receive government compensation.

List of accused CIA employees[edit]

This is a partial list of CIA employees accused of being Sasha. All were later cleared.

Others CIA employees, though not suspected to be ″Sasha″, were suspected to be moles in the course of the Sasha molehunt :

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  1. ^ "Public Law 96-450, Sec. 405 (a)" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-02-02. 
  2. ^ Bernstein, Adam (February 27, 2006). "CIA Officer Richard Kovich; Helped Notable Soviets Defect". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-02-02. 
  3. ^ a b David Wise, Molehunt, passim
  4. ^ Bernstein, Adam (April 6, 2006). "CIA Cold Warrior Paul Garbler; Won Payment Over Loyalty Slur". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-02-02. 


  • Martin, David C. Wilderness of Mirrors: Intrigue, Deception, and the Secrets that Destroyed Two of the Cold War's Most Important Agents. New York: The Lyons Press, 2003. ISBN 1-58574-824-2.
  • Wise, David. Molehunt: The Secret Search for Traitors That Shattered the CIA. New York: Random House, 1992. ISBN 0-394-58514-3.

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