Parents were Russian immigrants. Atkins was born 8 months after they arrived in the United States. Family changed name to "fit in"; has always acted aggressively "American" in response to anxieties about being an outsider.
Deeply engaged with cryptology.
Polyglot who speaks 7 languages fluently, including Russian, Hebrew and Polish.
Recruited by ACI as an analyst out of college. Worked in OREESA for 9 years before retiring to go into private consulting for firms doing business in Eastern Europe.
Believed to still be stringing for ACI; impossible to confirm at this time.
Was identified as potential target for Russian recruitment as double agent while working for ACI. Has never given any evidence of subversive activities, but at least one of her former superiors remains suspicious.