The work is brilliant, centered on true events by CIA insiders. The movie is based on the book Circle of Treason, written by resolute CIA officers Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille, who were instrumental in breaking the case. After years of painstaking work, they exposed a man they both knew (Aldrich Ames) as the traitor. The long search included roadblocks put in the way by the '7th Floor' command. Sandra Grimes confronted the D/CIA face to face over this obstruction and prevailed! British actresses Jodie Whitakker and Harriet Walter are simply superb actresses, even though they play the parts of Americans.
ABC began showing the series, but it was cancelled after only a few (only two, I think) episodes, for a 'reality show' no less. The final episode (9) is revealing and devastating in its impact; it was never shown on television. Episode Nine combines the movie story and actors with real players and real events. It is damning to those who want to conceal the truth. The appearance of Marina Polyakov, the General's real-life granddaughter, provides a personal impact that will bring tears to your eyes (well, it did to mine anyhow).
To my knowledge, you will only find The Assets, 2014, on NETFLIX, or on Amazon instant-video. (When you call NETFLIX, remember to mention who sent you.)
Soviet Major General Dmitry Polyakov, born July 6, 1921, in the Luhansk Oblast in easternmost Ukraine, was a Soviet war hero and later high-level GRU (Soviet military intelligence) officer stole vital secrets from the highest level of Soviet command and passed them on to our CIA, which included details on Soviet capabilities and plans. Code named GT Top Hat, General Polyakov became an asset to the United States, but a traitor to the Soviet Union. ('GT' refers to CIA and FBI Soviet- and East Europe-division sensitive cases.) Note: Dmitry Polyakov would have been only 24 years of age at the end of WWII. He witnessed the hope he had of a greater nation for his people crushed in the years that followed.
We learn that General Polyakov did not do so for personal gain -- mostly he just enjoyed fishing for trout -- but because in so doing he believed he may provide information that could prevent a nuclear holocaust of such utter devastation as to render survivors' lives meaningless. He passed on detailed plans of Soviet missile technology as well as information on Soviet war plans.
General Polyakov likely would never have been found out, except that CIA officer Aldrich Ames walked into the Soviet Embassy and volunteered to become a Soviet asset, thereby becoming a traitor to his country, the United States. Aldrich Ames betrayed his country for money and to cater to his narcissistic needs.
As Ames' career advanced, he met and married a Columbian woman, Rosario, who it turned out had a greater taste for the good life than even he.
Ames' Soviet Embassy contact continued to demand more information for the dollar. Eventually Ames managed to steal a list of every Russian asset (double agent) the CIA had in the Soviet Union. For this information he demanded from his embassy contact $1,000.000. Cash.
To the Soviets this was the grand prize! It meant they could eliminate every double agent in Moscow. (At least ten were executed, including GT Top Hat, who was brutally murdered.) It turned out that the information Soviet KGB received for their million-dollar payout amounted to a bargain-basement transaction for them.
Readers on this site are aware that what really goes on is far different from what we are asked to believe. The value of this series-film is that it provides a glimpse of what we likely weren't meant to see as in "Don't look here; look over there, I tell you. Look how bright and shiny everything is. 3-D Television is on the horizon, which will offer greater interactive abilities as well...."
Following is an interview excerpt with Sandy Grimes following the publication of Circle of Treason: http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/coldwar/interviews/episode-21/grimes1.html
An interview with Sandy Grimes:
"INTERVIEWER: How important was Dmitri Polyakov, what sort of spread of information was he giving you?
"Sandy Grimes: In order to understand how important Polyakov was, and of course initially I certainly didn't understand it, I didn't know anything about spying, I didn't know anything about spies, so in some respects he was my first teacher, but you have to understand the Soviet system, to understand the breadth of information he was giving us. First, he was a Soviet military officer and as such he had access to reporting on tanks, missiles, Soviet military philosophy, the whole spectrum. He was also an intelligence officer, so that he could provide us everything on the GRU's agents, their modus operandae, where they were running operations, why they were up running operations, identify all their officers, and in some respects, most important in terms of the value of what he reported, or at least as important as the military information, was because he was a member of the GRU, but one of the top Soviet organizations, GRU, KGB and FAR Party. He had access to Soviet foreign policy as well and economic policy, and certainly as he rose up within his service and rose in rank from Lieutenant Colonel to General that just expanded."