Burleith in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Patriotism and Espionage
In sharp contrast to the patriotism demonstrated by the cadets was the treachery of Aldrich Ames. Ames, a former CIA counterintelligence officer, spied for the Soviet Union and Russia for about a decade, before being caught and convicted of espionage. He used a mailbox located at the northeast corner of this intersection to signal the Russians about a needed meeting by leaving a horizontal chalk mark above the United States Postal Service logo. The FBI followed this activity for months by mounting a video camera in a bird feeder in the yard of a nearby home. In 1994, Ames was sentenced to life without parole. It is believed that Ames compromised the second-largest number of CIA agents ever, second only to those betrayed by former FBI agent Robert Hansson.
This fire call box was restored in 2015 with generous donations from the residents and friends of Burleith. Sculptor and Burleith resident Jeannette Murphy created the bas-relief on the other side of this call box.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Cold.
Location. 38° 54.815′ N, 77° 4.37′ W. Marker is in Burleith in Washington, District Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3701 R Street Northwest, Washington DC 20007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Evolution of Burleith (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Origins of Burleith (about 600 feet away); Famous Burleith Residents (about 600 feet away); St. Mary's (about 600 feet away); Healing in War and Peace (approx. 0.2 miles away); Temple of Learning and Talent (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Freddy and Diana Prince Labyrinth (approx. ¼ mile away); Hilleary's Smiling Corner (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burleith.
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