In his first public comment on the matter, Paul Redmonda longtime former senior CIA official, broke his silence to decline suggestions that he is the long-wanted ‘fourth man’ – a Russian spy operating at the highest levels of the US intelligence community – as alleged in a new book by a former CIA officer Robert Baer.
“Robert Baer’s book is rubbish, filled with errors and misinformation”, Redmond said in a written statement at Law&Crime. “I have never been a Russian spy.”
Three US intelligence officers are serving life sentences after they were caught spying for Russia – the FBI Robert Hanssen and the CIA Aldrich Ames and Edward Lee Howard.
But now, in interviews for the Law&Crime Network program “Brian Ross Investigates,” Baer and the former top FBI official David Major say there is a growing consensus within the intelligence community that there was a Russian mole inside the CIA or FBI that has yet to be captured – the so-called “fourth man”.
In his book, Baer – a legendary CIA intelligence officer whose exploits have been celebrated in books and films, including “Syriana”, where he is played by the actor George Clooney — details the CIA’s Special Investigations Unit’s internal hunt for the alleged mole and claims their evidence points to Redmond.
“According to investigators – and I only used first-hand sources for this book,” Baer said Brian Ross“he fit a compromise profile in Moscow that Ames couldn’t explain and Hanssen couldn’t explain. They decided he was someone who had been posted to Langley for ten years, starting with [the] Office of Russia, then move to counterintelligence. It is by deduction that they found the name of this type.
“Intuition tells me it’s not him – uh, the FBI told me I only have a quarter of the evidence against him,” Baer added on Ross’ program. “I haven’t seen the original evidence, and if I was on a jury, I wouldn’t convict.”
Baer also said on Brian Ross Investigates that there was an “active investigation” into who the so-called “fourth man” might be.
Baer’s allegations are all the more surprising given that the now-retired Redmond was a well-known senior CIA counterintelligence official known for tracking down Ames, the Russian spy inside the CIA.
Redmond’s longtime colleague, former top FBI official David Major, also known for his work in counterintelligence, told Ross he agreed with Baer that there was another traitor. to unmask, but that it was not about Redmond.
“There’s evidence there’s something else that we don’t even know,” Major told Ross. “I know all the players. I worked on all these cases. I was intimately involved in it. So, I really noticed that it made sense that he could be a suspect. Absolutely. But is there any evidence that he is a spy? No way. ”
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