International Spy Museum SpyCast
Each month, the International Spy Museum will offer a new SpyCast featuring interviews and programs with ex-spies, intelligence experts, and espionage scholars. The SpyCast is hosted by Peter Earnest, Executive Director of the International Spy Museum and former CIA operations officer. The International Spy Museum (www.spymuseum.org) in Washington DC is the only public museum in the U.S. solely dedicated to espionage.enRise of the Machines: An Interview with Dr. Thomas Rid
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Thomas Rid, professor in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, and the author of Rise of the Machines. The book tells the sweeping story of how cybernetics, a late-1940s theory of machines, came to incite anarchy and war half a century later.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/rise-of-the-machines-an-interview-with-dr-thomas-rid/Countering Radicalism and Extremism: An Interview with Dr. Lorenzo Vidino and Jesse Morton
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Dr. Lorenzo Vidino and Jesse Morton from the Program on Extremism at the George Washington University’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security. Dr. Vidino, and expert on Islamism in Europe and North America, is the Program’s Director, and Morton, a reformed, former extremist who was once a prominent radicalizer in the West, is a research fellow who sees this work as an opportunity to repair some of the damage caused by his radicalization.Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/countering-radicalism-and-extremism-an-interview-with-dr-lorenzo-vidino-and-jesse-morton/Author Debriefing: True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy
At a live event at the International Spy Museum, SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with journalist Kati Marton to discuss Soviet spy Noel Field, the subject of Marton’s new book True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy.Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-true-believer-stalins-last-american-spy/From MI to UPI: An Interview with Newsweek’s Jeff Stein
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Jeff Stein, who covers the spy agencies and foreign policy for Newsweek in Washington. An Army Intelligence case officer in Vietnam, Stein is an investigative reporter of long standing, specializing in intelligence, defense and foreign policy.
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 07:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/from-mi-to-upi-an-interview-with-newsweeks-jeff-stein/15 Years Later, Part 3: An Interview with Mark Zaid and Bradley Moss
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with national security attorneys Mark Zaid and Brad Moss to discuss the impact of the attacks of 9/11 on the US Constitution, and the continuing legal legacy of that fateful day.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/15-years-later-part-3-an-interview-with-mark-zaid-and-bradly-moss/15 Years Later, Part 2: An Interview with Ambassador Cofer Black
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Cofer Black, the former Director of CIA’s Counterterrorism Center (CTC), to discuss the role of the CTC before, during, and after the attacks on September 11, 2001.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/15-years-later-part-2-an-interview-with-ambassador-cofer-black/15 Years Later, Part 1: An Interview with Dr. Barbara Sude
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA analyst Barbara Sude to discuss the intelligence analysis leading up to the September 11, 2001 attacks. Dr. Sude was one of a team of analysts at CIA who focused on Al Qaeda and bin Laden starting in the 1990s.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:04:38 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/15-years-later-part-1-an-interview-with-dr-barbara-sude/Securing Cyberspace: An Interview with Charlie Mitchell
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Charlie Mitchell, editor and co-founder of Inside Cybersecurity, and the author of Hacked: The Inside Story of America's Struggle to Secure Cyberspace. Houghton and Mitchell discuss the ongoing congressional debates over cybersecurity, the landmark framework of cybersecurity standards crafted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the policy ramifications of major hacking events.
Tue, 06 Sep 2016 07:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/securing-cyberspace-an-interview-with-charlie-mitchell/When COIN Works: An Interview with Tom Ordeman
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with antiterrorism advisor and risk management specialist Tom Ordeman to discuss the little-know case of the Dhofar Rebellion. Often called the “Secret War” (because so few people have heard of it), the Dhofar Rebellion is an example of COIN Theory implemented to perfection.Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:00:01 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/when-coin-works-an-interview-with-tom-ordeman/The Corrupted State: An interview with Ilya Zaslavskiy
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Ilya Zaslavskiy, who was falsely accused of espionage by Russian security services (the FSB). Unwilling to sit back and allow others to be victimized by a corrupt system, Ilya now dedicates his time to exposing those at the heart of the Russian kleptocracy. See his petition here: https://www.change.org/p/chancellor-chris-patten-oxford-university-and-other-academic-entities-review-cooperation-with-putin-s-oligarchsTue, 23 Aug 2016 09:47:36 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-corrupted-state-an-interview-with-ilya-zaslavskiy/GPS Declassified: An Interview with Richard Easton
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Richard Easton, author of GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smartphones, to discuss the development of GPS and its role in the military, intelligence, and civilian domains. Easton’s father, Roger, led the Space Applications Branch of the Naval Research Laboratory from the Vanguard Satellite era to the early days of GPS development.Tue, 16 Aug 2016 07:00:01 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/gps-declassified-an-interview-with-richard-easton/Blurred Lines: An Interview with Georgetown International Law Professor Rosa Brooks
Blurred Lines: An Interview with Georgetown International Law Professor Rosa Brooks
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Rosa Brooks, professor of national security law, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, and author of the new book How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon.Tue, 09 Aug 2016 07:00:01 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/blurred-lines-an-interview-with-georgetown-international-law-professor-rosa-brooks/Author Debriefing: NSA’s Codebreakers and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet Union
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Stephen Budiansky, the author of seventeen books about military history, intelligence and espionage, science, the natural world, and other subjects, to discuss the history of the NSA and his new book, NSA’s Codebreakers and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet Union.Tue, 02 Aug 2016 07:00:01 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-nsas-codebreakers-and-the-secret-intelligence-war-against-the-soviet-union/A Lifetime in Intelligence: An Interview with ex-CIA Officer Stephen Slick
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA officer Steve Slick, who spent more than three decades at the Agency as a case officer, chief of station, and senior executive. He is now the inaugural Director of the Intelligence Studies Project at the University of Texas, Austin.Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/a-lifetime-in-intelligence-an-interview-with-ex-cia-officer-stephen-slick/Goat Staring and Other Oddities: An Interview with Jon Ronson
SPY Historian Vince Houghton traveled to Politicon in Pasadena, CA and sat down (before a live audience) with Jon Ronson, author of The Men Who Stare at Goats, and all-around interesting person.Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:07:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/goat-staring-and-other-oddities-an-interview-with-jon-ronson/The Secret History of WWII: An Interview with Sir Max Hastings
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with prolific author Sir Max Hastings, whose 20+ books have set the standard for historical writing over the last 40 years. Dr. Houghton and Sir Max discuss the fascinating topic of Hastings’ new book, The Secret War: Spies, Ciphers, and Guerrillas, 1939-1945, arguably the best single-volume history of the secret side of the War. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 07:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-secret-history-of-wwii-an-interview-with-sir-max-hastings/Intel at Leyte: An Interview with John Prados
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Dr. John Prados, author of the new book Storm Over Leyte: The Philippine Invasion and the Destruction of the Japanese Navy. Drs. Houghton and Prados discuss the role of intelligence in the Pacific War and, specifically, how it impacted the Battle of Leyte Gulf – the largest naval battle in world history.
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 11:04:49 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/intel-at-leyte-an-interview-with-john-prados/Author Debriefing: Executing the Rosenbergs: Death and Diplomacy in a Cold War World
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Dr. Lori Clune, Associate Professor of History at California State University, Fresno, to discuss her new book on how the Rosenberg spy case affected American relations with the rest of the world. A completely new way of looking at this milestone in spy history.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:07:05 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-executing-the-rosenbergs-death-and-diplomacy-in-a-cold-war-world/Combating Extremism: An Interview with Dr. Tara Maller
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Dr. Tara Maller, the Spokesperson and a Senior Policy Advisor for the Counter Extremism Project (CEP), to discuss the growing threat – and responses to – online extremism. To learn more about the CEP, go to http://www.counterextremism.comTue, 21 Jun 2016 07:00:01 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/combating-extremism-an-interview-with-dr-tara-maller/The Missing Man: An Interview with the NYT’s Barry Meier
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Barry Meier of the New York Times to discuss the story of Bob Levinson, former FBI agent and CIA contract worker, who disappeared in Iran in 2007. Meier’s book, Missing Man: The American Spy Who Vanished in Iran, drew on years of interviews and never-before-disclosed CIA files to weave together a riveting narrative of the ex-agent's journey to Iran and the hunt to rescue him.Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:20:31 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-missing-man-an-interview-with-the-nyts-barry-meier/From the SpyCast Vault: D-Day Anniversary Edition
Juan Pujol was the Walter Mitty of World War II, a nobody who at one doomed venture after another while dreaming of doing something interesting with his life -- saving Western civilization, if possible. Journalist Stephan Talty, whose work has appeared widely, including in the New York Times Magazine and GQ, has told the remarkable story of how against all the odds, Pujol did just that by becoming agent GARBO, the most important double agent of World War II. Hear Talty discuss his new book with SPY Historian Mark Stout in this author debriefing which took place on July 12, 2012.Tue, 07 Jun 2016 07:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/from-the-spycast-vault-d-day-anniversary-edition/The Blonde Bond: An Interview with Vanity Fair’s Howard Blum
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Howard Blum, contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal, a book about one of the greatest spies of WWII, Betty Pack. Pack used seduction as her tradecraft, and stole some of the most consequential secrets of the war.
Tue, 31 May 2016 11:32:29 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-blonde-bond-an-interview-with-vanity-fairs-howard-blum/The Commander: An Interview with Gen. David Petraeus
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with retired 4-star general David Petraeus, former Commanding General, Multi-National Force – Iraq; Commander, US Central Command; commander of the International Security Assistance Force and Commander, US Forces Afghanistan; and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served from September, 2011, until November, 2012.
Tue, 24 May 2016 06:00:01 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-commander-an-interview-with-gen-david-petraeus/Author Debriefing: Eisenhower's Guerrillas: The Jedburghs, the Maquis, and the Liberation of France
SPY Executive Director Peter Earnest sat down with Ben Jones, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of History, Dakota State University. Dr. Jones also served as an advisor to the National Military Academy of Afghanistan and later as a liaison officer to the Afghan Ministries of Defense, Interior, and their National Directorate of Security for the effort to transition Afghan security from the coalition back to Afghanistan. Peter and Dr. Jones discuss Ben’s new book, Eisenhower's Guerrillas: The Jedburghs, the Maquis, and the Liberation of France.
Tue, 17 May 2016 07:00:01 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-eisenhowers-guerrillas-the-jedburghs-the-maquis-and-the-liberation-of-france/Corporate Espionage: An Interview with CNBC’s Eamon Javers
SPY Historian Vince Houghton discusses corporate espionage with CNBC’s Washington Reporter Eamon Javers, who is also the author of the book Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage.
Get the book: http://www.spymuseumstore.org/broker-trader-lawyer-spy.html#.Vz3tD_krIdUTue, 10 May 2016 11:00:59 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/corporate-espionage-an-interview-with-cnbcs-eamon-javers/Playing to the Edge: An Interview with Gen. Michael Hayden
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former NSA and CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden to discuss his role as the only person to head both of these key intelligence agencies.
Get the book: http://www.spymuseumstore.org/playing-to-the-edge.html#.VyipoBUrJTYTue, 03 May 2016 06:00:01 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/playing-to-the-edge-an-interview-with-gen-michael-hayden/Historian Roundtable, Part II: A Conversation with the SPY Historians
Current SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with all of his former colleagues to discuss listener questions. To submit your own questions, send them via email to email@example.com, or on Twitter, @intlspycast.Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/historian-roundtable-part-ii-a-conversation-with-the-spy-historians/Victor in the Rubble: An Interview with Alex Finley
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Alex Finley, author of the new satirical novel about CIA and the War on Terror, Victor in the Rubble. Finley, herself a former officer in CIA’s Directorate of Operations, provides a hilarious look at the bureaucratic absurdity of intelligence operations, and the great lengths capable officers will go to overcome it.
Get the book: http://www.spymuseumstore.org/victor-in-the-rubble.html#.Vxk29pMrJTYTue, 19 Apr 2016 12:03:09 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/victor-in-the-rubble-an-interview-with-alex-finley/The President's Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents from Kennedy to Obama
SPY Executive Director Peter Earnest sat down with former CIA intelligence officer, manager, and daily intelligence briefer David Priess to discuss his new book centered on the President’s Daily Brief (PDB). Every living former President and Vice President, along with most former CIA Directors, Secretaries of State and Defense, National Security Advisors, White House Chiefs of Staff, and senior intelligence leaders, shared with Priess their personal stories about the PDB. And by digging through both the extensive files of the Presidential libraries and millions of pages of declassified CIA raw intelligence reports, analytic assessments, and memos—Priess emerges with a unique—and fascinating—look into the most tightly controlled document in modern world.
Get the book: http://www.spymuseumstore.org/presidents-book-of-secrets.html#.Vxk3WZMrJTYTue, 12 Apr 2016 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-presidents-book-of-secrets-the-untold-story-of-intelligence-briefings-to-americas-presidents-from-kennedy-to-obama/Sold Out? Iraq, the CIA, and the Kurds: An Interview with Dr. Bryan Gibson
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with historian Bryan Gibson to discuss the tumultuous history of US foreign policy in Iraq. From the end of the Second World War through today, Iraq has remained a key component in the American security calculus. Houghton and Gibson take a deep dive into this period, and Gibson demonstrates how Iraq should be considered an integral Cold War environment alongside such places as Cuba, Vietnam, and Afghanistan.Tue, 05 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/sold-out-iraq-the-cia-and-the-kurds-an-interview-with-dr-bryan-gibson/Author Debriefing: Queen of Spies: Daphne Park, Britain's Cold War Spy Master
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Paddy Hayes to discuss his book Queen of Spies: Daphne Park, Britain's Cold War Spy Master. Hayes recounts the fascinating story of the evolution of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) from World War II to the Cold War through the eyes of Daphne Park, one of its outstanding and most unusual operatives. He gives one of the most intimate narratives yet of how the modern SIS actually went about its business whether in Moscow, Hanoi, or the Congo, and shows how Park was able to rise through the ranks of a field that had been comprised almost entirely of men. Queen of Spies captures all the paranoia, isolation, deception of Cold War intelligence work, and combines it with the personal story of one extraordinary woman trying to navigate this secretive world.Tue, 29 Mar 2016 15:26:26 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-queen-of-spies-daphne-park-britains-cold-war-spy-master/Defeating ISIS: An Interview with Malcolm Nance
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former Arabic speaking naval intelligence counter-terrorism and intelligence officer Malcolm Nance. After spending 35 years participating in field and combat intelligence activity including both covert and clandestine anti counter-terrorism support to national intelligence agencies, he is now a member of the Board of Advisors here at the International Spy Museum.
Houghton and Nance discuss the rise of ISIS, the connection between Islam and terrorism, the spread of radicalism worldwide, and Nance’s prescription for the ultimate defeat of the Islamic State.Tue, 22 Mar 2016 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/defeating-isis-an-interview-with-malcolm-nance/Special Breed of Warrior: An Interview with Former SEAL Clinton Emerson
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former SEAL Team 6 member Clinton Emerson to discuss the role of special operations forces in modern intelligence activities. Houghton and Emerson delve into Clint’s life as a SEAL, his work with the National Security Agency, and his new book 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative's Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation.
Get the book: http://www.spymuseumstore.org/100-deadly-skills.html#.VvVe-eIrKUkTue, 22 Mar 2016 10:34:25 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/special-breed-of-warrior-an-interview-with-former-seal-clinton-emerson/Intelligence Analysis in the 21st Century: An Interview with Dr. Mark Lowenthal
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Mark Lowenthal, former Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production and Vice Chairman for Evaluation on the National Intelligence Council – and the man who (literally) wrote the book on intelligence analysis. Drs. Houghton and Lowenthal discuss the current state of intelligence education, the successes and failures of post-9/11 intelligence reform, and the controversial CIA analysis on Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction.Tue, 15 Mar 2016 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/intelligence-analysis-in-the-21st-century-an-interview-with-dr-mark-lowenthal/Army Intelligence: A View from the Top. An Interview with the Chief of Army Intel, LTG Mary Legere
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with current Army G-2 LTG Mary Legere to discuss the current role and mission of Army Intelligence. LTG Legere, who has spent her entire career as an intelligence officer, also provides some historical context on how the dynamic environment of military intelligence has changed since the beginning of the “War on Terror.” Finally, LTG Legere provides invaluable insight into what it feels like to be a woman at the top of what has been traditionally considered a man’s world – in a double sense: both the military and the intelligence community – and how she uses her position to help train and cultivate the next generation of America’s leaders.Mon, 07 Mar 2016 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/army-intelligence-a-view-from-the-top-an-interview-with-the-chief-of-army-intel-ltg-mary-legere/Author Debriefing: United States of Jihad. An Interview with Peter Bergen
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with author Peter Bergen to discuss his newest book, United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists. Paced like a detective story, the book tells the entwined stories of the key actors on the American front. Drawing on his extensive network of intelligence contacts, from the National Counterterrorism Center and the FBI to the NYPD, Bergen also offers an inside look at the controversial tactics of the agencies tracking potential terrorists—from infiltrating mosques to massive surveillance; at the bias experienced by innocent observant Muslims at the hands of law enforcement; at the critics and defenders of U.S. policies on terrorism; and at how social media has revolutionized terrorism.
Get the book: http://www.spymuseumstore.org/united-states-of-jihad.html#.Vxk3s5MrJTYThu, 03 Mar 2016 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-united-states-of-jihad-an-interview-with-peter-bergen/History Roundtable: A Conversation with Drs. Alexis Albion, Thomas Boghardt, Mark Stout, and Vince Houghton
In what will hopefully become a series of conversations here at the Spy Museum, all of the past and present SPY historians sat down to discuss a key issue in the world of intelligence – from a historical, but not-too-formal perspective. This week’s topic: who is your favorite spy? Join Alexis, Thomas, Mark, and Vince as they present their cases, and stick around to hear how you can find more information on each of our favorites.Tue, 23 Feb 2016 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/history-roundtable-a-conversation-with-drs-alexis-albion-thomas-boghardt-mark-stout-and-vince-houghton/The CI Professional: An Interview with Dr. John Schindler
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former NSA counterintelligence officer John Schindler to discuss his experiences in the Balkans, and his views on the current intelligence war against Russia. Houghton and Schindler also dive into Edward Snowden, WikiLeaks, and the unending battle against violent extremism.Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-ci-professional-an-interview-with-dr-john-schindler/Defense Intelligence in the 21st Century: An Interview with Former DIA Director Michael Flynn
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with LTG (Ret) Michael Flynn, the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2012-2014. Houghton and Flynn discuss the challenges DIA has faced in the last several decades, including the sharp transitions from the Soviet threat to the asymmetrical threats of the modern day. They also discuss the ways DIA, and the IC as a whole, must adapt to meet the uncertainty of the future. For information about LTG Flynn’s upcoming book, visit http://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250106223.Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/defense-intelligence-in-the-21st-century-an-interview-with-former-dia-director-michael-flynn/The Real Story of the U-2 Incident: An Interview with Francis Gary Powers, Jr.
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Gary Powers, Jr., the son of the legendary U-2 pilot who was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960. Vince and Gary discuss his father’s legacy, the incorrect assumptions about his father’s capture, and the retelling of his father’s story in the Spielberg movie Bridge of Spies, now available on Blu-Ray.Tue, 02 Feb 2016 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-real-story-of-the-u-2-incident-an-interview-with-francis-gary-powers-jr/Higher, Faster, Stealthier: An Interview with SR-71 Pilot Buz Carpenter
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with USAF Colonel (Ret.) Buz Carpenter, who flew some of the most incredible aircraft ever developed. As an RF-4C pilot in Vietnam, Col. Carpenter flew low level reconnaissance missions over enemy territory. Later, as the pilot of the SR-71, Buz took aviation to speeds and heights that have yet to be equaled (except by other SR-71s). Finally, at the end of his Air Force career, Col. Carpenter worked with the USAF’s Blackworld program, helping to develop today’s most advanced aircraft.Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/higher-faster-stealthier-an-interview-with-sr-71-pilot-buz-carpenter/The Radicalization of Women in Islam: An Interview with Farhana Qazi
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Farhana Qazi, a scholar and speaker on conflicts in the Islamic world, and the first American Muslim woman to serve in the National Counter-Terrorism Center. Houghton and Qazi discuss the role of women in radical Islam, the fight against ISIS, The changing status of women in the Muslim world, the Syrian refugee crisis, and the current state of Pakistan and Kashmir. As a Muslim woman, Qazi provides unique insight into political Islam and the impact of war on Muslim populations.Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-radicalization-of-women-in-islam-an-interview-with-farhana-qazi/Author Debriefing: JFK's Forgotten Crisis: Tibet, the CIA, and Sino-Indian War
During a public program at the Museum, SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Bruce Riedel, author of JFK's Forgotten Crisis: Tibet, the CIA, and Sino-Indian War. Riedel, who is a senior fellow and director of the Brookings Intelligence Project, joined Brookings following a thirty-year career at the Central Intelligence Agency, serving as a senior adviser to the last four U.S. presidents on South Asia and the Middle East. His book is a story of war, diplomacy, and covert action, told with authority and perspective. He draws on newly declassified letters between Kennedy and Indian leader Jawaharlal Nehru, along with the diaries and memoirs of key players and other sources, to make this the definitive account of JFK's forgotten crisis.Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-jfks-forgotten-crisis-tibet-the-cia-and-sino-indian-war/Political Espionage: An Interview with Ken Vogel of POLITICO
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Ken Vogel, Chief Investigative Reporter for POLITICO and author of the article, “The Koch Intelligence Agency.” Houghton and Vogel (who tracks the confluence of money, politics, and influence for POLITICO) discuss the use of use surveillance, propaganda, disinformation, deception, and even covert action in modern political campaigns.Tue, 05 Jan 2016 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/political-espionage-an-interview-with-ken-vogel-of-politico/Author Debriefing: Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with PW Singer, co-author of Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War (which he wrote with August Cole). In the spirit of early Tom Clancy (especially Red Storm Rising), Ghost Fleet is a imagining of how World War III might play out. But what makes it even more notable is how the book smashes together the technothriller and nonfiction genres.
It is a novel, but with 400 endnotes, showing how every trend and technology featured in book— no matter how sci-fi it may seem — is real. Singer, who is also a contributing editor at Popular Science, lays out the future of technology and war, while following a global cast of characters fighting at sea, on land, in the air and in two new places of conflict: outer space and cyberspace. For more on Ghost Fleet, check out ghostfleetbook.com.Tue, 29 Dec 2015 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-ghost-fleet-a-novel-of-the-next-world-war/The Whistleblower: An Interview with Thomas Drake
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Thomas Drake, former senior executive of the NSA – and whistleblower – who in 2010 was indicted on 10 felony counts; charges that would have carried decades of prison time had Drake been convicted. Instead, in early June 2011, the government dropped all of the charges and agreed not to seek any jail time in return for Drake's guilty plea to a misdemeanor of misusing the NSA’s computer system. Although the legal case was settled, the controversy would continue, as a new wave of whistleblowers (or leakers – depending on your perspective) burst on to the public scene, and dramatically changed the way many Americans viewed the power of their government.Tue, 22 Dec 2015 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-whistleblower-an-interview-with-thomas-drake/Coast Guard Intelligence: An Interview with Captain Erich Telfer
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Captain Erich Telfer, the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center Atlantic in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Houghton and Telfer discuss the role of the Coast Guard in the broader American intelligence community, the professionalization of the Coast Guard intel branch, and CAPT Telfer’s research into the intelligence response to the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. CAPT Telfer’s study can be read here: http://ni-u.edu/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Telfer_UnlimitedImpossibilites.pdfTue, 15 Dec 2015 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/coast-guard-intelligence-an-interview-with-captain-erich-telfer/Author Debriefing: Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Tom Ryan, former intelligence professional for the Department of Defense and author of Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign. The first book to offer a unique and incisive comparative study of intelligence operations during what many consider the war’s decisive campaign, Ryan’s study evaluates how Gen. Robert E. Lee used intelligence resources, including cavalry, civilians, newspapers, and spies to gather information about Union activities during his invasion of the North in June and July 1863, and how this intelligence influenced General Lee’s decisions. Simultaneously, Ryan explores the effectiveness of the Union Army of the Potomac’s intelligence and counterintelligence operations. Both Maj. Gens. Joe Hooker and George G. Meade relied upon cavalry, the Signal Corps, and an intelligence staff known as the Bureau of Military Information that employed innovative concepts to gather, collate, and report vital information from a variety of sources. The result is an eye-opening, day-by-day analysis of how and why the respective army commanders implemented their strategy and tactics, with an evaluation of their respective performance as they engaged in a battle of wits to learn the enemy’s location, strength, and intentions.Tue, 08 Dec 2015 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-spies-scouts-and-secrets-in-the-gettysburg-campaign/The World of Global Jihad: A Conversation with Morten Storm
SPY Historian Vince Houghton talked to Morten Storm, who, after a decade of jihadi life, not only repudiated extremism but, in a quest for atonement, became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence. He is now in hiding, fearful that some vengeful jihadist will try to kill him for his work with Western intelligence. However, this won’t stop him from providing SpyCast with his insight and expertise on global terrorism. On a regular basis, SpyCast will send questions to Morten, he will record his answers, and we will post them here. To be a part of this conversation, send your questions for Morten Storm to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will take the best questions and send them to Morten for the next installment.
Get the book: http://www.spymuseumstore.org/agen-storm-book.html#.Vz3lp_krIdUTue, 01 Dec 2015 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-world-of-global-jihad-a-conversation-with-morten-storm/The Public’s Right to Know: An Interview with Sheryl Shenberger, the Director of the National Declassification Center
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Sheryl Shenberger, the Director of the National Declassification Center at the National Archives. President Obama pledged to preside over the most transparent government ever — a vow that included declassifying as many documents as possible. Houghton and Shenberger discuss the process behind declassification, as the NDC tries to honor the President’s promise by closely working with intelligence agencies to release documents to the public. Why do some historic records get released while others do not? Is automatic declassification after 25 or 50 years really automatic? When do we get to learn who really killed JFK?Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-publics-right-to-know-an-interview-with-sheryl-shenberger-the-director-of-the-national-declassification-center/The Real Story of Rudolph Abel: An Interview with Vin Arthey
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Vin Arthey, who has spent most of his adult life researching the life of KGB Colonel William Fisher – better known as Rudolf Abel. Working with secret sources and inside information, Arthey turned this lifelong study into a fascinating book, Abel: The True Story of the Spy They Swapped for Gary Powers. Houghton and Arthey trace the adventures (and misadventures) of one of the most extraordinary characters in the history of the Cold War.Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-real-story-of-rudolph-abel-an-interview-with-vin-arthey/Author Debriefing: Disciples: The World War II Missions of the CIA Directors Who Fought for Wild Bill Donovan
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with author Doug Waller to discuss his new book Disciples: The World War II Missions of the CIA Directors Who Fought for Wild Bill Donovan. The author of the critically acclaimed bestseller Wild Bill Donovan, Waller tells Houghton the story of four OSS warriors of World War II. All four later led the CIA. They are the most famous and controversial directors the CIA has ever had—Allen Dulles, Richard Helms, William Colby, and William Casey. Disciples is the story of these dynamic agents and their daring espionage and sabotage in wartime Europe under OSS Director Bill Donovan.Tue, 10 Nov 2015 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-disciples-the-world-war-ii-missions-of-the-cia-directors-who-fought-for-wild-bill-donovan/Hitler in Los Angeles: An Interview with Professor Steve Ross
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with University of Southern California history professor Steve Ross to discuss the ongoing research for his upcoming book Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews and their Spies Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America. Ross explains how a group of patriotic citizens refused to wait for the authorities to act on the Nazi menace in America, and instead took matters into their own hands. A never-before-told true story of classic infiltration and espionage in the 1930s and World War II.Tue, 03 Nov 2015 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/hitler-in-los-angeles-an-interview-with-professor-steve-ross/From the Vault: The Cuban Missile Crisis - Blind Over Cuba
Professor David Barrett discusses his book Blind over Cuba: The Photo Gap and the Missile Crisis which he wrote with Max Holland. He describes to former SPY Historian Mark Stout how the Kennedy Administration impeded reconnaissance flights over Cuba in the weeks before the crisis and how the Administration successfully covered up that fact. From October 2012.Tue, 20 Oct 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/from-the-vault-the-cuban-missile-crisis--blind-over-cuba/From the Vault: The Cuban Missile Crisis - Russian Intelligence – Past and Present
SPY Executive Director Peter Earnest and former KGB General Oleg Kalugin discuss the current espionage conflict between Russia and Georgia, reminisce about the Cuban Missile Crisis, and bring an old question to light: Was Isaac Stone a Russian spy? From October 2006.Tue, 20 Oct 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/from-the-vault-the-cuban-missile-crisis--russian-intelligence-past-and-present/Author Debriefing: Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler
SPY Executive Director Peter Earnest sat down with author Mark Riebling to discuss his new book on the wartime espionage of the Catholic Church. The Vatican’s silence in the face of Nazi atrocities remains one of the great controversies of our time. History has accused wartime pontiff Pius the Twelfth of complicity in the Holocaust and dubbed him “Hitler’s Pope.” But a key part of the story has remained untold. In fact, Pius ran the world’s largest church, smallest state, and oldest spy service. Saintly but secretive, he skimmed from church charities to pay covert couriers, and surreptitiously tape-recorded his meetings with top Nazis. When he learned of the Holocaust, Pius played his cards close to his chest. He sent birthday cards to Hitler—while secretly plotting to kill him. Church of Spies documents this cloak and dagger intrigue in shocking detail. Gun-toting Jesuits stole blueprints to Hitler’s homes. A Catholic book publisher flew a sports plane over the Alps with secrets filched from the head of Hitler’s bodyguard. The keeper of the Vatican crypt ran a spy ring that betrayed German war plans and wounded Hitler in a briefcase bombing.Tue, 13 Oct 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-church-of-spies-the-popes-secret-war-against-hitler/Author Debriefing: Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life: A Former CIA Officer Reveals Safety and Survival Techniques to Keep You and Your Family Protected
When Jason Hanson joined the CIA in 2003, he never imagined that the same tactics he used as a CIA officer for counter intelligence, surveillance, and protecting agency personnel would prove to be essential in everyday civilian life. In addition to escaping handcuffs, picking locks, and spotting when someone is telling a lie, he can improvise a self-defense weapon, pack a perfect emergency kit, and even disappear off the grid if necessary. He has also honed his "positive awareness" – a heightened sense of his surroundings that allows him to spot suspicious and potentially dangerous behavior – on the street, in a taxi, at the airport, when dining out, or in any other situation. With the skill of a trained operative and the relatability of a suburban dad, Hanson brings his top-level training to everyday Americans in this guide to staying safe in an increasingly dangerous world.Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-spy-secrets-that-can-save-your-life-a-former-cia-officer-reveals-safety-and-survival-techniques-to-keep-you-and-your-family-protected/Author Debriefing: The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top-Secret Military Research Agency
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the radical force behind the nation’s most revolutionary, high-tech military initiatives over the past half century. To write the first definitive history of the world’s most powerful and productive military science agency, bestselling author Annie Jacobsen tracked down DARPA scientists, past and present, including current neuroscientists building an artificial brain, cell biologists working on limb regeneration, and even the Nobel Laureate who invented the laser. From conflict-tested science experiments, like Agent Orange and electronic barriers on the battlefield during Vietnam, to War on Terror insect drones, smart rockets, camera-filled war zones and advanced computer programs, she tracks DARPA from its Cold War inception to present day research controversies. Jacobsen shared her journey to the heart of the military-industrial complex—a place where science fiction and military science collide—and revealed a future that is fascinating and potentially frightening.Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-the-pentagons-brain-an-uncensored-history-of-darpa-americas-top-secret-military-research-agency/Covering Intelligence, Part 2: An Interview with Ali Watkins of the Huffington Post
In Part 2 of this three-part series, SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with Ali Watkins, who covers intelligence and national security for the Huffington Post. Houghton and Watkins discuss the difficulties in reporting on this most secret of topics, the dangers – and benefits – of using anonymous sources, and the ever-changing nature of intelligence and national security journalism. Part 1 of this series was with Mark Mazzetti of the New York Times, and Part 3 will be with Greg Miller of the Washington Post.Tue, 15 Sep 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/covering-intelligence-part-2-an-interview-with-ali-watkins-of-the-huffington-post/Covering Intelligence, Part 3: An Interview with Greg Miller of the Washington Post
In Part 3 of this three-part series, SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Greg Miller, who covers intelligence and national security for the Washington Post. Houghton and Miller discuss the difficulties in reporting on this most secret of topics, the dangers – and benefits – of using anonymous sources, and the ever-changing nature of intelligence and national security journalism. Part 1 of this series was with Mark Mazzetti of the New York Times, and Part 2 was with Ali Watkins of the Huffington Post.Tue, 15 Sep 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/covering-intelligence-part-3-an-interview-with-greg-miller-of-the-washington-post/Covering Intelligence, Part 1: An Interview with Mark Mazzetti of the New York Times
In Part 1 of this three-part series, SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Mazzetti, who covers intelligence and national security for the New York Times. Houghton and Mazzetti discuss the difficulties in reporting on this most secret of topics, the dangers – and benefits – of using anonymous sources, and the ever-changing nature of intelligence and national security journalism. Part 2 of this series will be with Ali Watkins of the Huffington Post, and Part 3 will be with Greg Miller of the Washington Post.Tue, 08 Sep 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/covering-intelligence-part-1-an-interview-with-mark-mazzetti-of-the-new-york-times/Author Debriefing: Climate Change and Conflict Prevention
SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with career US Foreign Service Officer J. Andrew Plowman to discuss his book, Climate Change and Conflict Prevention. Plowman uses the Darfur conflict as a case study to examine how the effects of climate change might lead to future violent conflicts, and he assesses the best way to prevent these conflicts. Mr. Plowman’s service with the State Department has included assignments to Peru, Panama, Kazakhstan, and Brazil, as well as Washington assignments with the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and the Economics, Energy, and Business Affairs Bureau.Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-climate-change-and-conflict-prevention/Cuba Libre: An Interview with Intelligence Legend Felix Rodriguez (Part III)
SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with Cuban-exile-turned-CIA-officer Felix Rodriguez to discuss his extraordinary intelligence career. As a teenager, Rodriguez joined the effort to overthrow (and kill) Fidel Castro. After that mission failed, he trained and led the team that hunted – and captured – the guerilla Che Guevara in Bolivia. By the late 1960s, he took his counterinsurgency experience and applied it in covert operations against America’s enemies in Vietnam. This, and much more.
Warning: This podcast contains some salty language. Consider it PG-13.Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/cuba-libre-an-interview-with-intelligence-legend-felix-rodriguez-part-iii/Cuba Libre: An Interview with Intelligence Legend Felix Rodriguez (Part II)
SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with Cuban-exile-turned-CIA-officer Felix Rodriguez to discuss his extraordinary intelligence career. As a teenager, Rodriguez joined the effort to overthrow (and kill) Fidel Castro. After that mission failed, he trained and led the team that hunted – and captured – the guerilla Che Guevara in Bolivia. By the late 1960s, he took his counterinsurgency experience and applied it in covert operations against America’s enemies in Vietnam. This, and much more.Tue, 18 Aug 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/cuba-libre-an-interview-with-intelligence-legend-felix-rodriguez-part-ii/Cuba Libre: An Interview with Intelligence Legend Felix Rodriguez (Part I)
SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with Cuban-exile-turned-CIA-officer Felix Rodriguez to discuss his extraordinary intelligence career. As a teenager, Rodriguez joined the effort to overthrow (and kill) Fidel Castro. After that mission failed, he trained and led the team that hunted – and captured – the guerilla Che Guevara in Bolivia. By the late 1960s, he took his counterinsurgency experience and applied it in covert operations against America’s enemies in Vietnam. This, and much more.Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/cuba-libre-an-interview-with-intelligence-legend-felix-rodriguez-part-i/Author Debriefing: The Billion Dollar Spy
While getting into his car on the evening of February 16, 1978, the chief of the CIA's Moscow station was handed an envelope by an unknown Russian. Its contents stunned the Americans: details of top secret Soviet research and development in military technology that was totally unknown to the United States. From David Hoffman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Dead Hand, comes the riveting story of the CIA's most valuable spy in the Soviet Union and an evocative portrait of the agency's Moscow station, an outpost of daring espionage in the last years of the Cold War. Drawing on previously secret documents obtained from the CIA, as well as interviews with participants, Hoffman will reveal how the depredations of the Soviet state motivated one man to master the craft of spying against his own nation until he was betrayed to the KGB by a disgruntled former CIA trainee. No one has ever told this story before in such detail, and Hoffman's deep knowledge of spycraft, the Cold War, and military technology makes him uniquely qualified to bring to the International Spy Museum this real life espionage thriller.Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-the-billion-dollar-spy/From the CIA to the Classroom: An Interview with Joe Wippl
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Joe Wippl, the Director of Graduate Studies and Professor of the Practice of International Relations, Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies. Wippl is also a former CIA officer, who spent a 30 year career as an operations officer in the National Clandestine Service – at the time (as it is again) the Directorate of Operations. Houghton and Wippl discuss his time serving overseas as an operations officer and operations manager in Bonn, West Germany; Guatemala City; Luxembourg; Madrid, Spain; Mexico City; Vienna, Austria; and Berlin, Germany – where he was the Station Chief. Later, while on assignments in CIA headquarters, he served as the Deputy Chief of Human Resources, as the Senior NCS representative to the Aldrich Ames Damage Assessment Team, as Chief of Europe Division and as the CIA’s Director of Congressional Affairs.Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/from-the-cia-to-the-classroom-an-interview-with-joe-wippl/Author Debriefing: How to Catch a Russian Spy
For three nerve-wracking years, Naveed Jamali spied on the United States for the Russians – or so the Russians believed. Hear Naveed bring his unbelievable, yet true, story to life. By trading thumb drives of sensitive technical data for envelopes of cash, he pretended to sell out his own country across noisy restaurant tables and in quiet parking lots. Although he had no formal espionage training, with the help of an initially reluctant FBI duo he ended up at the center of a highly successful counterintelligence operation that targeted Russian espionage in New York City. With news about Russia’s disintegrating relationship with the United States a frequent headline and political hot topic, How to Catch a Russian Spy is the one-of-a-kind story of how one young man’s post-college adventure became a real-life US counter-intelligence coup.
Get the book: http://www.spymuseumstore.org/how-to-catch-a-russian-spy.html#.Vz3ixZMrJTYFri, 26 Jun 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-how-to-catch-a-russian-spy/Author Debriefing: Manchu Princess, Japanese Spy: The Story of Kawashima Yoshiko, the Cross-Dressing Spy Who Commanded Her Own Army
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down (remotely) with biographer Phyllis Birnbaum to discuss her newest book, based on the life of Kawashima Yoshiko, who supported the puppet Manchu state established by the Japanese in 1932--one reason she was executed for treason after Japan's 1945 defeat. The truth of Yoshiko's life is still a source of contention between China and Japan: some believe she was exploited by powerful men, others claim she relished her role as political provocateur. China holds her responsible for unspeakable crimes, while Japan has forgiven her transgressions. This biography presents the richest and most accurate portrait to date of the controversial princess spy, recognizing her truly novel role in conflicts that transformed East Asia.Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-manchu-princess-japanese-spy-the-story-of-kawashima-yoshiko-the-cross-dressing-spy-who-commanded-her-own-army/Author Debriefing: When Should State Secrets Stay Secret?: Accountability, Democratic Governance, and Intelligence
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Dr. Gen Lester to discuss her new book, When Should State Secrets Stay Secret. Lester’s book examines the oversight mechanisms that have developed within all three branches of government, how they interact, and what types of historical pivot points have driven change among them. She suggests ways to improve oversight mechanisms based on her expert analysis. The book also includes a fascinating chapter on the inner workings of the CIA to which a number of CIA officers contributed.Tue, 19 May 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-when-should-state-secrets-stay-secret-accountability-democratic-governance-and-intelligence/From CIA to Congress: An Interview with US Congressman Will Hurd
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Representative Will Hurd, a Republican from Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, to discuss his unique background as a former CIA officer who is now a Member of the US House of Representatives. After spending most of a decade working in Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan, Rep. Hurd brought his experiences and lessons-learned to the Halls of Congress, where he serves on key committees, including Homeland Security and Oversight and Government Reform.Tue, 12 May 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/from-cia-to-congress-an-interview-with-us-congressman-will-hurd/The Rosenbergs: The Definitive Debate
More than sixty years after their execution in June 1953 for conspiring to steal atomic secrets for the Soviet Union, debate still rages about the Rosenbergs. Mike Meeropol, the son of Julius and Ethel, has spent his life in pursuit of the real story behind his parents’ secret lives, their trials, their convictions for espionage, and ultimately their executions.
Sam Roberts, journalist for The New York Times, is the author of The Brother, a book written with exclusive access to David Greenglass, Ethel’s brother, whose testimony almost single-handedly convicted the couple. In this extraordinary debate, these renowned Rosenberg scholars— with very different perspectives—take on the divisive issues and key questions that remain despite the declassification of intelligence files from the United States and the Soviet Union. Dr. Vince Houghton, historian and curator of the International Spy Museum and an expert on nuclear intelligence, moderated this authoritative debate on the Rosenberg case.
This event took place April 21, 2015.Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-rosenbergs-the-definitive-debate/Intelligence and Arms Control: An Interview with Kelsey Davenport
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Kelsey Davenport, the Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association, where she provides research and analysis on the nuclear and missile programs in Iran, North Korea, India, and Pakistan and on nuclear security issues. Vince and Kelsey discuss the complexity of the arms control process, the role of intelligence in verifying the status of nuclear weapon states, and the hope for a future without the danger of nuclear proliferation.Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/intelligence-and-arms-control-an-interview-with-kelsey-davenport/Washington’s Spies: An Interview with Alexander Rose
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with historian and author Alex Rose, whose book Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring, is the source material for AMC Network’s series TURN. Drs. Houghton and Rose (who is a writer and co-producer of TURN) discuss history on TV, and the plotline of the second season of the hit series. They also take time to focus on the real history of the period, what is history and what is “Hollywood”, the Culper spy ring, and the importance of intelligence during the American Revolution.Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/washingtons-spies-an-interview-with-alexander-rose/From the SpyCast Vault: An Interview with Major General Michael Ennis
Former SPY Historian Mark Stout sat down with Marine Maj. Gen. (ret.) Mike Ennis to discuss human intelligence (HUMINT) within the Defense Department and the CIA. In 1998, Ennis commanded the Joint Intelligence Center of the United States Pacific Command, was later named Director of Marine Corps Intelligence Command in 2000, and was the Director of HUMINT for the DIA. In 2006, he was named Deputy Director of Community HUMINT of the Central Intelligence Agency’s National Clandestine Service, his final government posting before his retirement in 2007.
This SpyCast was recorded on February 11, 2013.Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/from-the-spycast-vault-an-interview-with-major-general-michael-ennis/Author Debriefing | Operation Chowhound: The Most Risky, Most Glorious US Bomber Mission of WWII
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down (remotely) with Australian author Stephen Dando-Collins to discuss his new book, Operation Chowhound. Beginning with a crazy plan hatched by a suspect prince, and an even crazier reliance on the word of the Nazis, Operation Chowhound was devised. Between May 1 and May 8, 1945, 2,268 military units flown by the USAAF, dropped food to 3.5 million starving Dutch civilians in German-occupied Holland. Dando-Collins takes the reader into the rooms where Operation Chowhound was born, into the aircraft flying the mission, and onto the ground in the Netherlands with the civilians who so desperately needed help. James Bond creator Ian Fleming, Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn, as well as Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Churchill all play a part in this compelling story.Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-operation-chowhound-the-most-risky-most-glorious-us-bomber-mission-of-wwii/Intelligence in the Early Republic: An Interview with Ken Daigler
The history of American intelligence in the Revolution and Civil War has been extensively covered by both professional and amateur historians. But what about the time in between the wars? SPY historian Vince Houghton sat down with retired career CIA operations officer and historian Ken Daigler to discuss American espionage during the earliest period of United States history. Who were the first foreign agents sent to collect HUMINT? Can we look at the Lewis and Clark expedition as an intelligence operation? How well did American intelligence function during the War of 1812? The Mexican-American War? Daigler, author of Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War and two seminal articles on early American intelligence for the CIA’s Studies in Intelligence, provides the answers.Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/intelligence-in-the-early-republic-an-interview-with-ken-daigler/Author Debriefing: The Hundred-Year Marathon: China's Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower
For more than forty years, the United States has played an indispensable role helping the Chinese government build a booming economy, develop its scientific and military capabilities, and take its place on the world stage, in the belief that China’s rise will bring us cooperation, diplomacy, and free trade. But what if the "China Dream" is to replace us, just as America replaced the British Empire, without firing a shot? Mike Pillsbury, a fluent Mandarin speaker who has served in senior national security positions in the U.S. government since the days of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, draws on his decades of contact with the "hawks" in China’s military and intelligence agencies and translates their documents, speeches, and books to show how the teachings of traditional Chinese statecraft underpin their actions. He offers an inside look at how the Chinese really view America and its leaders – as barbarians who will be the architects of their own demise.Tue, 03 Feb 2015 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-the-hundred-year-marathon-chinas-secret-strategy-to-replace-america-as-the-global-superpower/Defending a Spy: An Interview with Espionage Attorney Plato Cacheris
What do Aldrich Ames, Robert Hanssen, and Ana Montes have in common? Two things: they all spied against the United States, and they all had Plato Cacheris as their lawyer. SPY Historian Vince Houghton and Executive Director Peter Earnest sat down with the legendary defense attorney to discuss many of his most (in)famous clients – including Ames, Hanssen, Montes – who stole some of America’s most guarded secrets.Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/defending-a-spy-an-interview-with-espionage-attorney-plato-cacheris/Author Debriefing | Iran-Contra: Reagan’s Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power
Through exhaustive use of declassified documents, previously unavailable investigative materials, and wide-ranging interviews, Malcolm Byrne explores what made the Iran-Contra scandal possible and meticulously relates how it unfolded—including clarifying minor myths about cakes, keys, bibles, diversion memos, and shredding parties. Byrne, the Deputy Director and Research Director at the National Security Archive, demonstrates that the affair could not have occurred without awareness and approval at the top levels of the US government. He reveals an unmistakable pattern of dubious behavior—including potentially illegal conduct by the president, vice president, the secretaries of state and defense, the CIA director and others—that formed the true core of the scandal.Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-iran-contra-reagans-scandal-and-the-unchecked-abuse-of-presidential-power/Drones: Past, Present, and Future: An Interview with Dr. Trevor McCrisken
Guest host Dr. Chris Moran of Warwick University (UK) sat down with his colleague, Dr. Trevor McCrisken, for a SpyCast on the role of drones in modern surveillance, warfighting, and counterterrorism. McCrisken, whose biography can be found here, discusses the weaponization of drones, the targeted killing program of the Bush and Obama administrations, the perception in the West that the drone war is “costless”, and the possibility of what he calls the “perpetual war” against global terrorism.Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/drones-past-present-and-future-an-interview-with-dr-trevor-mccrisken/Inside the Stasi Archives: An Interview with Dr. Doug Selvage
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with historian Doug Selvage to discuss the archives of the East German Ministry of State Security, the Stasi. Dr. Selvage, Project Director in the Office of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records in Berlin, has published widely on the CSCE process, Polish-German relations under communism, and the history of the Soviet bloc. He and Houghton focus on the history of the Stasi, its role in the Cold War struggle between East and West, the devious disinformation campaign to convince the world that the United States was responsible for the AIDS epidemic, and the monumental effort to reconstruct millions of secret documents shredded at the end of the Cold War.Tue, 02 Dec 2014 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/inside-the-stasi-archives-an-interview-with-dr-doug-selvage/Spies, Policymakers, and Nuclear Weapons: An Interview with Gregg Herken (Part 2)
SPY Historian Vince Houghton continues his conversation with historian Gregg Herken, focusing on his previous four books on US nuclear policy. Brotherhood of the Bomb, Cardinal Choices, Counsels of War, and The Winning Weapon redefined the ways historians and policymakers have viewed nuclear weapons. Houghton – who himself is a historian of nuclear weapons and intelligence – and Herken discuss the challenges faced by American policymakers and intelligence professionals in dealing with the world’s most dangerous weapon.Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/spies-policymakers-and-nuclear-weapons-an-interview-with-gregg-herken-part-2/Spies, Policymakers, and Nuclear Weapons: An Interview with Gregg Herken (Part 1)
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with historian Gregg Herken to discuss his new book The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington. Herken, the professor emeritus of modern American diplomatic history at the University of California, gives a behind-the-scenes history of postwar Washington – the close-knit group of journalists, spies, and government officials who planned and waged the Cold War over cocktails and dinner.Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/spies-policymakers-and-nuclear-weapons-an-interview-with-gregg-herken-part-1/Can a Drone Read Your Email? : An Interview with Mike Tassey and Rich Perkins
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Mike Tassey and Rich Perkins, creators of the Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform, a state-of-the-art cyber drone. Mike and Rich built their unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in their garage using off-the-shelf electronics, and with the intention of proving that a drone could be used to launch a cyber-attack. With only an Internet connection, a hacker sitting on a beach anywhere in the world could use their UAV to intercept cell phone conversations, steal financial information, or access secret government documents. The prototype was a success and the race is now on to develop the next generation of cyber drones.Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/can-a-drone-read-your-email-an-interview-with-mike-tassey-and-rich-perkins/From Bletchley to Bond: An Interview with Journalist and Author Sinclair McKay (Part 1)
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with British author and journalist Sinclair McKay for a two-part SpyCast. In Part 1, Vince and Sinclair discuss the role played by the codebreakers at Bletchley Park in the Allied victory in the Second World War. The author of three books and numerous articles on the topic, McKay provides compelling historical insight into a subject that you only think you really know.Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/from-bletchley-to-bond-an-interview-with-journalist-and-author-sinclair-mckay-part-1/From Bletchley to Bond: An Interview with Journalist and Author Sinclair McKay (Part 2)
Half of the world’s population has seen a James Bond movie. The historical and cultural impact of this franchise’s 23 (and counting) films is unrivaled by anything else in contemporary pop culture. SPY Historian Vince Houghton is joined by British journalist Sinclair McKay, who is the author of the seminal book on Bond’s cultural impact, The Man With the Golden Touch. They discuss Sean, George, Roger, Timothy, Pierce, and Daniel, and the legacy of Ian Fleming’s secret agent who has now saved the world for more than 50 years – and who might continue to save the world for 50 more.Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/from-bletchley-to-bond-an-interview-with-journalist-and-author-sinclair-mckay-part-2/Author Debriefing: Good Hunting, An American Spymaster’s Story
Jack Devine is one of the legendary spymasters of our time. He was in Chile when Allende fell; he ran Charlie Wilson’s war in Afghanistan; he had too much to do with Iran-Contra for his own taste, though he tried to stop it; he caught Pablo Escobar in Colombia; and he tried to warn George Tenet that there was a bullet coming from Iraq with his name on it. His new book, Good Hunting, is Devine’s guide to the art of spycraft and his belief in the CIA’s vital importance as a tool of American statecraft. Although it has been caricatured by Hollywood, lionized by the right, and pilloried by the left, Devine believes the CIA remains one of the least understood instruments of the United States government.Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-good-hunting-an-american-spymasters-story/Author Debriefing: The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg
Moe Berg—the major league baseball player, OSS operative and legendary linguist—was one of the most remarkable secret agents ever deployed by the US. Whether authorized by the government as an atomic spy or choosing to surreptitiously film Tokyo of his own volition, Berg relished and accomplished his espionage missions, yet he died penniless and with little acclaim. Nicholas Dawidoff brought Moe Berg’s achievements to light in his best-selling 1994 book The Catcher Was a Spy. In honor of the Pennant Race, Dawidoff will share his latest thoughts on the only Major League baseball player to have his card on display at CIA headquarters.Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-the-catcher-was-a-spy-the-mysterious-life-of-moe-berg/Author Debriefing: Double Agent, The First Hero of World War II and How the FBI Outwitted and Destroyed a Nazi Spy Ring
Leading up to the US entry into WWII, Germany set up a sophisticated and productive espionage ring, which effectively utilized well-placed German Americans in the States. They were able to infiltrate key military and industrial facilities, and succeeded in obtaining critical information, including plans for the exceptionally accurate and very secret Norden bombsite device. When naturalized American William Sebold visited his native Germany in 1939, German intelligence officers saw him as a prime target for recruitment. Threatened with arrest, Sebold seemingly agreed to work for the Germans, but they woefully misjudged him. Returning to New York, he contacted the FBI and told all. In his new book Double Agent, journalist Peter Duffy uncovers how Sebold became the center of a 16-month investigation that led to the arrest of 33 enemy agents in June 1941. Known as the Duquesne Spy Ring, the colorful cast of traitors included military contractors, a South African adventurer with an exotic accent and a monocle, and even a Jewish femme fatale.Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-double-agent-the-first-hero-of-world-war-ii-and-how-the-fbi-outwitted-and-destroyed-a-nazi-spy-ring/Tinker, Tailor, Shortstop, Spy: An Interview with Former CIA Analyst Bryan Soderholm-Difatte Part 1
Baseball has been played in the United States since the mid-19th Century, and from the very beginning teams were trying to gain a competitive edge against their rivals. In many cases, this involved stealing signs – the messages passed from coaches to players or from catchers to pitchers. In essence, this is a signals intelligence operation: one team is encrypting its messages, while the other is attempting to intercept these messages, decrypt them, and use the resulting intelligence to their advantage. SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Bryan Soderholm, a former CIA analyst who is now putting his training to use analyzing baseball statistics and history. They discussed the influence of spycraft on the game of baseball – in particular, the infamous case of the 1951 New York Giants, who set the standard for baseball espionage.Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/tinker-tailor-shortstop-spy-an-interview-with-former-cia-analyst-bryan-soderholm-difatte-part-1/Terrorists, Double Agents, and European Domination (Part 2)
Join SPY Historian Vince Houghton as he continues his conversation with Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister of CNN. Both men share their expertise on ISIS and the threat of Islamic Jihadism, and Tim, who has traveled to Ukraine on four different occasions this year alone, provides his insight into the current conflict between Ukrainian separatists, the Ukrainian government, and Russia.
This interview was conducted September 8, 2014Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/terrorists-double-agents-and-european-domination-part-2/Terrorists, Double Agents, and European Domination (Part 1)
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister of CNN to discuss their new book Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA. The book, which they co-wrote with terrorist-turned-double-agent Morten Storm, traces an improbable journey of conversion, radicalization, reassessment, and redemption. Join Vince, Paul, and Tim as they reflect upon a story that is so incredible it would be completely unbelievable – if it wasn’t completely true.
This interview was conducted September 8, 2014Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/terrorists-double-agents-and-european-domination-part-1/Author Debriefing: Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War
Nathan Hale and Benedict Arnold may be the most famous spies of the American Revolution, but they were hardly alone. George Washington’s use of spy networks and wider intelligence efforts were critical to the fight for independence. In Spies, Patriots, and Traitors, former CIA officer Kenneth Daigler closely examines American intelligence activities during the era of the Revolutionary War from 1765 to 1783. Daigler will explain how America’s founders learned and practiced their intelligence role, providing insight from an intelligence professional’s perspective and revealing how many of the principles of the era’s intelligence practice are still relevant today. After the talk, see the Museum’s famous George Washington spy letter. This event took place July 15, 2014.Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-spies-patriots-and-traitors-american-intelligence-in-the-revolutionary-war/Election Espionage: An Interview with NBC Chief Political Correspondent Chuck Todd
SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd to discuss the growing role of intelligence tradecraft in American election politics.Todd, the host of MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown, explains how political campaigns – on both sides of the aisle – use surveillance, propaganda, disinformation, deception, and covert action to give their candidates a political edge.
This interview was recorded on July 29, 2014.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2g2F6lEJU_cMon, 11 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/election-espionage-an-interview-with-nbc-chief-political-correspondent-chuck-todd/The Birth of British Intelligence Coordination: The Joint Intelligence Committee
SPY Historian Vince Houghton in joined by Dr. Michael Goodman of King’s College in London. Dr. Goodman is the official historian for the British Joint Intelligence Committee, and in that role he has published the book The Official History of the Joint Intelligence Committee: Volume I: From the Approach of the Second World War to the Suez Crisis. Drs. Houghton and Goodman discuss the early development of British intelligence coordination, which spans two of the most momentous decades of the Twentieth Century, and includes events such as the Spanish Civil War, WWII, the end of the British colonial empire, the Cold War, and the Suez Crisis.
This interview took place on June 16, 2014Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-birth-of-british-intelligence-coordination-the-joint-intelligence-committee/Author Debriefing: The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book
Travel back to a time when literature had the power to influence the world. Washington Post national security correspondent and former bureau chief in Moscow, Peter Finn tells the dramatic first account of how a forbidden book in the Soviet Union became a secret weapon in the battle between East and West. The CIA secretly printed Doctor Zhivago in Russian and smuggled it into the Soviet Union. It was snapped up on the black market and passed surreptitiously from friend to friend fueling flames of dissent. Finn shares how he and his co-author used their special access to otherwise classified CIA files, to create an irresistible portrait of the charming and passionate Pasternak and a twisty thriller that takes readers back to a fascinating period of the Cold War.Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-the-zhivago-affair-the-kremlin-the-cia-and-the-battle-over-a-forbidden-book/Author Debriefing: The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames
Pulitzer Prize- winning biographer Kai Bird gives the inside story of his compelling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history, Robert Ames. Through Bird’s personal connection to Ames’ family, he gained access to his personal correspondence and range of contacts. Eventually more than forty retired CIA and Mossad officers told Bird their memories of Ames. Those seasoned spies all seemed to feel that they had been waiting for someone to tell the incredible story of Bob Ames, and how he carefully cultivated his ten-year relationship with Ali Hassan Salameh, Yasir Arafat’s intelligence chief. This highly clandestine relationship between the CIA and the PLO planted the seeds for the Oslo peace process.
Get the book: http://www.spymuseumstore.org/the-good-spy-book.html#.Vz3puPkrIdUWed, 25 Jun 2014 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-the-good-spy-the-life-and-death-of-robert-ames/The Beginnings of US Overhead Reconnaissance
The development of overhead reconnaissance technology is one of the most important – if not the most important – advances in the history of intelligence. Policymakers today use IMINT from spy planes and satellites in their daily assessments of global threats, but did you know that overhead reconnaissance technology predates the advent of powered flight? SPY Historian Vince Houghton is joined by Dr. Jim Green, Director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA, to discuss Civil War balloon reconnaissance. Dr. Green, an expert in the field, explains the role of balloons in the greater Union strategy, their impact on the war effort, and the numerous and significant innovations developed by Union “aeronauts” (including the first aircraft carriers!). This interview took place May 30, 2014Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-beginnings-of-us-overhead-reconnaissance/Spy in the Sky - The KH-9 Hexagon
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sits down with engineer Phil Pressel to discuss his role in developing the KH-9 Hexagon spy satellite. The Hexagon, which was the last US spy satellite to use film, was declassified in 2011, allowing Pressel to write his book, Meeting the Challenge: The Hexagon KH-9 Reconnaissance Satellite. Houghton and Pressel discuss the formation of the project, the daunting technological hurdles, the impact of the satellite on US national security, and the top secret mission to recover film lost in the deepest waters of the Pacific Ocean.Video of interview available on the Spy Museum youtube page. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmWlw8Ufo6Q This interview took place May 8th, 2014.Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/spy-in-the-sky--the-kh-9-hexagon/Peter Earnest: My Life in the CIA
Former SPY Historian Mark Stout sat down with SPY Executive Director Peter Earnest to discuss Peter’s CIA career. After his recruitment and espionage training at the Farm, Peter’s entry into the world of spying came at an important turning point in the Cold War. From his posts overseas in hot spots while living undercover, Peter’s fascinating career culminated in a very public role as the Agency’s spokesperson. Join Peter for this reflection on a life in the shadows.
This interview was conducted June 1, 2012.Mon, 05 May 2014 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/peter-earnest-my-life-in-the-cia/The Future of Intelligence
The world sends 3 million emails every second. How do Western intelligence agencies cope with such massive amounts of data? The Spy Museum's Executive Director Peter Earnest sits down to discuss the future of intelligence with historian Richard Aldrich, Professor of International Security at the University of Warwick (UK) and Director of the Institute of Advanced Study. With the prevalence of the internet, social media, integrated communications systems, and surveillance capabilities, everyone is now a de facto member of the intelligence community. Dr. Aldrich discusses Snowden, leakers, whistleblowers, and what he calls “the end of secrecy.” Who – and when – will be the next Snowden?
This interview took place April 3, 2014.Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-future-of-intelligence/Putin’s End Game in Ukraine
Peter and SPY Historian Vince Houghton are joined by retired KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin. They discuss the current confrontation between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea, Crimea’s strategic place in Russian history, and the potential conflict over Ukraine’s strategic shift toward Europe and away from Russia. They then discuss the role intelligence and special operations forces might play in any future war between Russia and Ukraine. This interview took place March 14, 2014.Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/putins-end-game-in-ukraine/America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East
Intelligence historian Hugh Wilford reveals the surprising history of the CIA’s pro-Arab operations in the 1940s and 50s by tracing the work of the agency’s three most influential—and colorful—officers in the Middle East: Kermit Roosevelt, Archie Roosevelt, and Miles Copeland. With their deep knowledge of Middle Eastern affairs, the three men were heirs to an American missionary tradition that engaged Arabs and Muslims with respect and empathy. These “Arabists” propped up authoritarian regimes, attempted secretly to sway public opinion in America against support for the new state of Israel, and staged coups that destabilized the nations with which they empathized. They were fascinated by imperial intrigue, and were eager to play a modern rematch of the “Great Game,” the nineteenth century struggle between Britain and Russia for control over central Asia. This event took place January 7, 2014.Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/americas-great-game-the-cias-secret-arabists-and-the-shaping-of-the-modern-middle-east/Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden’s Final Plot Against America
Six months after the 9/11 attacks, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly initiated a straightforward, yet audacious, antiterrorist plan to be implemented in the Big Apple, dispatching a vast network of undercover officers and informants to track suspected terrorists. In Enemies Within, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalists Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman for Associated Press reveal the effectiveness of the domestic spying plan. Based on hundreds of previously unpublished New York Police Department internal memos and exclusive interviews with intelligence sources, including 25-year FBI veteran Don Borelli who assisted with the book, they found that many of those strategies aren’t even close to being useful, functional, or successful. As Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), Borelli was responsible for top investigations and counterterrorism missions that spanned the globe. Join Apuzzo and Borelli for an unbridled look at the breathtaking race to avert a second devastating terrorist attack on American soil. This event took place September 26, 2013.
Get the book: http://www.spymuseumstore.org/enemy-within-book.html#.Vz3rRfkrIdUThu, 05 Dec 2013 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/enemies-within-inside-the-nypds-secret-spying-unit-and-bin-ladens-final-plot-against-america/Author Debriefing: Cyber War Will Not Take Place
Is cyber war really coming? Renowned scholar Thomas Rid of the Department of War Studies at Kings College London argues that the focus on war distracts from the real challenge of cyberspace: non-violent confrontation that may rival or even replace violence in surprising ways. In this provocative talk, the author will trace the most significant hacks and attacks and explore some key questions: What are cyber weapons? How have they changed the meaning of violence? How likely and how dangerous is crowd-sourced subversive activity? Why has there never been a lethal cyber-attack against a country's critical infrastructure? How serious is the threat of cyber-espionage? And who is most vulnerable in the cyber realm?
This event took place on September 10, 2013 .http://www.spymuseumstore.org/Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-cyber-war-will-not-take-place/Shadow Warrior: William Egan Colby and the CIA
Historian Randall B. Woods of the University of Arkansas discusses his new biography of one of the most fascinating and controversial figures of the postwar period: William Egan Colby. World War II commando, Cold War spy, CIA station chief in Saigon, and ultimately CIA director under Presidents Nixon and Ford, Colby played a critical role in some of the most pivotal events in twentieth-century history. Despite his strong commitment to global democracy and economic and social justice, he was also drawn to the shadowy world of covert action…
This event took place on April 18, 2013.Tue, 19 Nov 2013 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/shadow-warrior-william-egan-colby-and-the-cia/ The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines
When 26 Army nurses and medics boarded a transport plane in November, 1943, they never anticipated the crash landing in Nazi-occupied Albania that would lead to their months-long struggle for survival. The group dodged bullets and battled blinding winter storms as they climbed mountains and fought to survive, aided by courageous villagers who risked death at Nazi hands as well as Britain’s Special Operations Executive (SOE) and the American OSS. Listen to author Cate Lineberry, a former writer and editor for Smithsonian Magazine, tell this mesmerizing tale of World War II courage and heroism.
This event took place August 13, 2013.
Get the book: http://www.spymuseumstore.org/the-secret-rescue-book.html#.Vz3qN_krIdUSun, 27 Oct 2013 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-secret-rescue-an-untold-story-of-american-nurses-and-medics-behind-nazi-lines/The Life of a Military Attaché: Moscow, Almaty, and Warsaw in the 1990s (Part 2)
In this continuation of the discussion with US Army Colonel James Cox, we hear about the day-to-day work of US military attachés: being military diplomats for the Defense Intelligence Agency. Colonel Cox tells SPY Historian Mark Stout what it was like working in Moscow after the failure of the 1991 coup. He also shares his experiences in Almaty, the capital of the newly independent country of Kazakhstan and later in Poland, a once-communist country, as it joined the NATO alliance.Sun, 27 Oct 2013 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-life-of-a-military-attache-moscow-almaty-and-warsaw-in-the-1990s-part-2/The CIA Analyst and the Polish Colonel
During the 1970s, Colonel Ryszard Kuklinski was a rising star in the Polish General Staff during the Cold War. He was also a spy for the CIA. Colonel Aris Pappas was a rising star in the CIA’s analytic ranks whose specialty was Poland. Pappas sat down with SPY Historian Mark Stout to discuss the Kuklinski case, the important information that Kuklinski passed about the Soviet and Warsaw Pact militaries and the imposition of martial law in Poland, and how he and Kuklinski eventually met and became friends.Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-cia-analyst-and-the-polish-colonel/The Life of a Military Attaché: Moscow During the Coup (Part 1)
In the summer of 1991, US Army Colonel James Cox arrived in Moscow, the capital of the Soviet Union, to serve as Assistant Army Attaché. Little did he know that Communist hardliners were about to launch a coup. When the coup started, the intelligence agencies in Washington immediately needed up-to-the-minute information on developments, so the attachés went out on the streets to get it. Hear Colonel Cox tell SPY Historian Mark Stout what it was like chasing tanks on the streets of Moscow and witnessing Boris Yeltsin make his stand at the Russian White House.Tue, 03 Sep 2013 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-life-of-a-military-attache-moscow-during-the-coup-part-1/Espionage in Traditional China
Sun Tzu’s 2500 year old book The Art of War contains a famous chapter on spies. However, Master Sun was not the only Chinese author to address this topic centuries before Westerners did. In fact, many Chinese authors built on his work. SPY Historian Mark Stout met up with Ralph Sawyer, the translator of the definitive edition of The Art of War and the author of The Tao of Spycraft, to discuss the sophisticated theory and remarkable practice of espionage in traditional China.Mon, 05 Aug 2013 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/espionage-in-traditional-china/The OSS in Burma: Jungle War Against the Japanese
“One could not choose a worse place for fighting the Japanese,” said Winston Churchill of northern Burma, but it was there that the fledgling Office of Strategic Services conducted its most successful combat operations of World War II. Troy Sacquety, an Historian for the US Army’s Special Operations Command, ventures into Burma’s steaming jungles in the first book to fully cover the exploits and contributions of the OSS’s Detachment 101 against the Japanese Imperial Army. In this Author Debriefing, Sacquety describes how Detachment 101 succeeded and created a prototype for today’s Special Forces.
This event took place on May 13, 2013.
Get the book: http://www.spymuseumstore.org/oss-burma-book.html#.Vxk39JMrJTYThu, 11 Jul 2013 03:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-oss-in-burma-jungle-war-against-the-japanese/Deceiving the Iraqis in Operation Desert Storm
Military deception was an important part of Operation Desert Storm, the 1991 coalition effort to eject the Iraqi Army from Kuwait. The man in charge of that U.S. Marine Corp’s part of that deception was Brigadier General Tom Draude. Despite the fact that he had no previous background in deception, General Draude and his team of clever American planners put together an elegant and effective deception plan. Hear him tell Peter how they exploited the expectations of Iraq's military to put them off guard and out of place. Also learn about the role in that books such as The Man Who Never Was and John Le Carre’s The Little Drummer Girl played in General Draude’s thinking.Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/deceiving-the-iraqis-in-operation-desert-storm/A Legal Perspective on the Snowden Case
Mark Zaid is one of the nation’s top national security lawyers and has defended many alleged whistleblowers and leakers. SPY Historian, Mark Stout, called him in for a consultation on the case of Edward Snowden who has admitted leaking to the press top secret material from the National Security Agency. Hear them discuss Snowden’s present legal position, the options open to a would-be whistleblower, and the actual meanings of treason and asylum.Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/a-legal-perspective-on-the-snowden-case/A Western Spy among Terrorists in Yemen
Morten Storm was a Danish convert to Islam who became a close associate of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American imam who was a senior member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen. He even ate in Awlaki’s home and helped find him a wife. When Storm repented of his radical ways, he turned to the Danish intelligence service and offered inside access to AQAP. Hear him tell SPY Historian Mark Stout how MI6 and CIA came into the picture and how he helped tracked down Awlaki, who died in a controversial CIA drone attack in September 2011.Sun, 26 May 2013 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/a-western-spy-among-terrorists-in-yemen/Spying in America: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the Dawn of the Cold War
Can you keep a secret? Maybe you can, but the United States government can’t. Since the birth of our country, nations from Russia and China to Ghana and Ecuador, have stolen some of our country’s most precious secrets. Michael Sulick, former director of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, discusses his book, Spying in America, which presents a history of more than thirty espionage cases inside the United States. This event took place on January 15, 2013.
Get the book: http://www.spymuseumstore.org/spying-in-america-book.html#.Vxk4FpMrJTYFri, 03 May 2013 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/spying-in-america-espionage-from-the-revolutionary-war-to-the-dawn-of-the-cold-war/The Rice Paddy Navy: U.S. Sailors Undercover in China
After the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the US Navy knew it would need vital information from the Pacific. Captain Milton ‘Mary’ Miles journeyed to China to set up weather stations and monitor the Chinese coastline—and to spy on the Japanese. After a handshake agreement with Chiang Kai-shek's spymaster, General Dai Li, the Sino-American Cooperative Organization (SACO) was born.
This top-secret network worked hand in hand with the Nationalist Chinese to fight the Japanese invasion of China while erecting crucial weather stations, providing critical information to the US military, intercepting Japanese communications, blowing up enemy supply depots, laying mines, destroying bridges, and training Chinese peasants in guerrilla warfare.
Join author Linda Kush as she reveals the story of one of the most successful covert operation efforts of World War II. This event took place on March 5, 2013.Fri, 03 May 2013 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-rice-paddy-navy-us-sailors-undercover-in-china/The United States Military Liaison Mission in East Germany
Major General Michael Ennis was one of the rare Marine officers admitted to the Foreign Area Officer program where he became a specialist on the Soviet Union. This led to an assignment as a translator on the Washington-Moscow Hotline at the White House and then got him a license to spy in communist East Germany in the 1980s as part of the US Military Liaison Mission. Hear him tell SPY Historian Mark Stout what it’s like to penetrate a Soviet command bunker at night or be chased by a Soviet tank, and learn the intelligence value of a hunk of concrete.Fri, 19 Apr 2013 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-united-states-military-liaison-mission-in-east-germany/American Communism and Soviet Espionage: A Look Back with John Earl Haynes
In the 1970s, historian John Earl Haynes was researching the American labor movement when he discovered interesting connections to the Communist party. Fast forward 20 years to the 1990s, when that ongoing research on the Communist party led him into the murky world of Soviet espionage. SPY Historian Mark Stout sits down with this groundbreaking historian to look back on his career and learn how he became a leading and unlikely expert on Soviet espionage in the America. Follow along on this fascinating journey from Minnesota, to the halls of power in Washington DC, to dusty archives in Moscow.Mon, 01 Apr 2013 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/american-communism-and-soviet-espionage-a-look-back-with-john-earl-haynes/Intelligence in Support of UN Peacekeeping in Bosnia during the 1990s
The United Nations thinks “intelligence” is a dirty word but it still needs intelligence to conduct peacekeeping operations. The result is a euphemism: “military information.” SPY Historian Mark Stout talks with Tom Quiggin, a former Canadian intelligence officer who worked alongside Americans, Swedes, Jordanians, Russians, and others in the Military Information Office supporting UN peacekeeping operations in Bosnia during the 1990s. Hear what it’s like to pass through a checkpoint manned by drunken teenage soldiers or to know that your warnings of an upcoming massacre in Srebrenica are being ignored.Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/intelligence-in-support-of-un-peacekeeping-in-bosnia-during-the-1990s/Born Under an Assumed Name
Looking back on her childhood, Sarah Taber remembers that “my identity was problematic because of moving from country to country and the overall atmosphere of growing up in the CIA.” As an adult she wrote about what it was like to be raised in a culture of “secrecy, stoicism and silence” in her book Born Under an Assumed Name: The Memoir of a Cold War Spy’s Daughter. Feel the stresses and learn the secrets of a CIA family in this heart-to-heart talk between Sarah and Peter, himself a CIA father.Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/born-under-an-assumed-name/From Nazi Germany to the OSS to the CIA (Part 2)
In this Spycast Peter finishes his conversation with Peter Sichel. Listen to this insider talking about CIA operations in Germany after World War II, the futile support for anti-communist guerrillas in Ukraine and China during the 1940s and 1950s, the strains of leading an undercover life and his friendship with legendary CIA counterintelligence chief James Jesus Angleton.Tue, 22 Jan 2013 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/from-nazi-germany-to-the-oss-to-the-cia-part-2/Canada’s Security Intelligence Service in the Post-Cold War World
Canada’s Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) operates on a very different model from the American CIA, being neither strictly a foreign intelligence agency nor a domestic intelligence agency. Today SPY Historian Mark Stout discusses CSIS with Ray Boisvert, who was one of the founding members of the Service in 1984 and rose to become its Assistant Director, Intelligence, a position from which he retired in 2012. Hear them talk about the concept of “security intelligence” in a democratic society and explore the dilemmas which the Service faces in an era of terrorism emanating from groups such as al Qaeda and foreign covert influence from nation states.Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/canadas-security-intelligence-service-in-the-post-cold-war-world/The Zimmermann Telegram: Intelligence, Diplomacy, and America's Entry into World War I
In January 1917, British naval intelligence intercepted what became the most important telegram in all of American history. It was a daring proposition from Germany's foreign secretary, Arthur Zimmermann, offering German support to Mexico for regaining Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona in exchange for a Mexican attack on America. Five weeks later, America entered World War I. Former SPY Historian Dr. Thomas Boghardt who is now at the US Army’s Center of Military History talks about his new account of the Zimmerman Telegram. This event took place on, November 27, 2012.
Get the book: http://www.spymuseumstore.org/zimmermann-telegram-book.html#.Vxk4aZMrJTYMon, 31 Dec 2012 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-zimmermann-telegram-intelligence-diplomacy-and-americas-entry-into-world-war-i/From Nazi Germany to the OSS to the CIA (Part 1)
Today Peter begins a conversation with the remarkable Peter Sichel, OSS veteran, senior CIA official of the 1950s, and onetime head of Blue Nun wines. After fleeing Nazi Germany with his family in the 1930s and eventually finding himself in the United States, Sichel joined the OSS and in 1944 he went back to Europe where he recruited German prisoners of war to spy for the US 7th Army. Hear him talk about his operations in Europe and his friendship with future Director of the CIA, Richard Helms.Fri, 21 Dec 2012 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/from-nazi-germany-to-the-oss-to-the-cia-part-1/The Evolution of Spy Fiction: Bond and His Brethren
The modern spy novel was born in early twentieth century Britain with writers such as Erskine Childers and William LeQueux whose one-dimensional heroes were English gentlemen holding back the barbarians. How did we get from there to the gray and morally ambiguous world of John Le Carré? And how does all this relate to James Bond and even George Orwell’s 1984? Listen to SPY Historian Mark Stout discuss the development and importance of spy fiction with intelligence historian Wesley Wark.Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-evolution-of-spy-fiction-bond-and-his-brethren/Author Debriefing: The Twilight War: The Secret History of America’s Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran
The United States and Iran have been at daggers drawn for more than thirty years. While this rivalry has never erupted into open war, it has been an enduring “twilight war” in which spies and terrorists often play the lead role. US Government historian David Crist will discuss his groundbreaking book which pulls back the curtain on many of the deepest secrets of this lethal struggle. Among other fascinating revelations, hear about the massive spy network that the CIA developed in Iran with German help in the 1980s, how these spies communicated with their handlers using invisible ink, and how their discovery led to the deaths of more than two dozen people. This event took place on 1 August 2012.Thu, 08 Nov 2012 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-the-twilight-war-the-secret-history-of-americas-thirty-year-conflict-with-iran/Author Debrief: Castro's Secrets: The CIA and Cuba's Intelligence Machine
In Castro’s Secrets, Brian Latell, former National Intelligence Officer for Latin America and long-time Cuba analyst, offers a strikingly original image of Fidel Castro as Cuba's supreme spymaster. Latell exposes many long-buried secrets of Castro's lengthy reign, including the extent of Cuba’s double agent operations against the United States. In writing this book, Latell spoke with many high-level defectors from Cuba’s powerful intelligence and security services; some had never told their stories on the record before. He also probed dispassionately into the CIA's plots against Cuba, including previously obscure schemes to assassinate Castro and presents dramatic new conclusions about what Castro actually knew of Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. This event took place on October 10 2012.Tue, 06 Nov 2012 10:30:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debrief-castros-secrets-the-cia-and-cubas-intelligence-machine/Author Debriefing: The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service
In the days after 9/11, the CIA directed Henry Crumpton to organize and lead its covert action campaign in Afghanistan. In less than 90 days Al Qaeda and the Taliban were routed. The Art of Intelligence draws from the full arc of Crumpton’s espionage and covert action exploits to explain what America’s spies do and why their service is more valuable than ever. This event took place 12 June 2012.Tue, 25 Sep 2012 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-the-art-of-intelligence-lessons-from-a-life-in-the-cias-clandestine-service/The Red Cell: Fact and Fiction
The surprise of September 11 2001 was, in part, a failure of imagination and CIA Director George Tenet did not want that to happen again. On September 13 he created the Red Cell and staffed it with “people who were willing to take their analysis to a whole new zip code.” CIA analyst Mark Henshaw’s first novel, Red Cell, is about the adventures of two analysts assigned to that team during a military crisis with China. The story is fiction, but it draws on Henshaw’s three years in the Red Cell. Join him and SPY Historian Mark Stout as they discuss what goes on in Room 2G31 at CIA Headquarters.Thu, 23 Aug 2012 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-red-cell-fact-and-fiction/Agent Garbo: How a Brilliant & Eccentric Double Agent Tricked the Nazis & Saved D-Day
Juan Pujol was the Walter Mitty of World War II, a nobody who at one doomed venture after another while dreaming of doing something interesting with his life -- saving Western civilization, if possible. Journalist Stephan Talty, whose work has appeared widely, including in the New York Times Magazine and GQ, has told the remarkable story of how against all the odds, Pujol did just that by becoming agent GARBO, the most important double agent of World War II. Hear Talty discuss his new book with SPY Historian Mark Stout in this author debriefing which took place on July 12, 2012.Tue, 21 Aug 2012 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/agent-garbo-how-a-brilliant-eccentric-double-agent-tricked-the-nazis-saved-d-day/Our Man in the Middle East (Part 3)
Peter concludes his conversation with longtime CIA officer George Cave with a brief discussion of some of the funny and unusual events that took place in the course of his career in the Clandestine Service.Mon, 06 Aug 2012 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/our-man-in-the-middle-east-part-3/Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel's Secret Wars
The history of Israel’s intelligence community—led by the feared and famous Mossad—includes stunning successes and embarrassing failures with important implications for war and peace today. CBS journalist Dan Raviv co-author with Israeli journalist Yossi Melman, of Spies Against Armageddon, traces this history from the country’s independence in 1948 right up to the crises of today.Thu, 26 Jul 2012 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/spies-against-armageddon-inside-israels-secret-wars/Spies and Commissars: The Early Years of the Russian Revolution
Russia was a chaotic hotspot after the Revolution of 1917 and an extraordinary collection of spies, adventurers, and opportunists poured into the roiling Russian political scene. Outsized characters like Sidney “Ace of Spies” Reilly, communist activist John Reed, and author/spy Somerset Maugham all played their parts…under the watchful eye of Feliks Dzerzhinsky, the head of the ruthless Cheka, the first of the Soviet state security organizations. Listen to renown British historian Robert Service discuss his thrilling new book about this turning point of twentieth century history.Fri, 13 Jul 2012 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/spies-and-commissars-the-early-years-of-the-russian-revolution/Our Man in the Middle East (Part 2)
Peter continues his discussion with career CIA officer George Cave. They cover Cave’s time in Saudi Arabia—from which he was expelled when a candid cable he wrote about Saudi politics leaked to the press—and back in Washington where he became embroiled in the Iran-Contra Affair. Hear his account of a clandestine trip with Robert McFarlane and Oliver North for talks with Ayatollah Khomeini’s government and other inside details of this scandal.Mon, 09 Jul 2012 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/our-man-in-the-middle-east-part-2/Our Man in the Middle East (Part 1)
George Cave is a legend in the CIA’s Clandestine Service. He was recruited into the CIA in 1956 as a fluent Farsi speaker and was pulled out of his entry training and sent to Afghanistan to deal with an urgent operation there. He never looked back. Join Peter and George as they relive the assassination attempts in Iran against the US Ambassador and George himself in the early 1970s and discuss CIA’s operations in the Middle East over three decades.Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/our-man-in-the-middle-east-part-1/Dick Holm: the Perils and Rewards of a Life in the CIA, Part 2
Peter continues his discussion with legendary case officer Dick Holm, the author of The Craft We Chose: My Life in the CIA. Holm discusses several highlights and low points of his career. Learn about his work with Belgian intelligence in thwarting a Belgian Air Force officer who was spying for Russia and his role in the embarrassing “spy flap” when he was the CIA chief in Paris.
Get the book: http://www.spymuseumstore.org/craft-we-chose-life-in-cia-book.html#.Vz3rhPkrIdUFri, 01 Jun 2012 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/dick-holm-the-perils-and-rewards-of-a-life-in-the-cia-part-2/Author Debriefing: Alger Hiss - Why He Chose Treason
In 1948, when Whittaker Chambers accused Ivy League-educated senior diplomat Alger Hiss of spying for the Soviets, few Americans were willing to believe him. In fact, Hiss went to his grave protesting his innocence, but now it seems clear that he was guilty, given the evidence available since the end of the Cold War. Retired counterintelligence officer Christina Shelton has written a new biography of Hiss. She highlights the many missed opportunities and poor judgments in the Hiss case, and discusses them in the context of wide-scale Soviet infiltration and espionage. Join Shelton and SPY historian Mark Stout for a discussion of this provocative new book about one of America’s most controversial icons.
Get the book: http://www.spymuseumstore.org/zimmermann-telegram-book.html#.Vxk4aZMrJTYFri, 25 May 2012 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-alger-hiss--why-he-chose-treason/The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
Josh Meyer, co-author with Terry McDermott of The Hunt for KSM, visits the International Spy Museum to talk about the decade-long FBI and CIA effort to capture Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Meyer discusses the repeated failed attempts to find the evil genius who had plotted to kill the Pope and President Clinton and explode a dozen planes over the Pacific Ocean, all before masterminding the 9/11 attacks. Finally, hear how the US finally grabbed KSM as a result of the interrogation of another terrorist, Abu Zubaydah.Fri, 18 May 2012 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-hunt-for-ksm-inside-the-pursuit-and-takedown-of-the-real-9-11-mastermind-khalid-sheikh-mohammed/Dick Holm: the Perils and Rewards of a Life in the CIA, Part 1
Today Peter starts a conversation with Dick Holm, a legendary CIA operations officer, who has served all over the world. Dick, the author of The Craft We Chose: My Life in the CIA, talks about the importance of intelligence and reveals the terrible price that he paid for serving his country as a young officer in the Congo in the 1960s.
Get the book: http://www.spymuseumstore.org/craft-we-chose-life-in-cia-book.html#.Vz3rhPkrIdUFri, 11 May 2012 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/dick-holm-the-perils-and-rewards-of-a-life-in-the-cia-part-1/Leak: Why Mark Felt became Deep Throat
Intelligence officers and investigative journalists both depend on clandestine sources to divulge secrets. But why do people betray a trust? Peter interviews veteran journalist Max Holland about his new book, Leak, which probes the mind and motivations of one of the most famous clandestine sources in American history: Deep Throat. Hear why Mark Felt, the Deputy Director of the FBI, betrayed President Nixon by leaking to the Washington Post and Time about Watergate. Were Felt’s motives patriotic or self-serving…or both?
Get the book: http://www.spymuseumstore.org/leak-shy-mark-felt-became-deep-throat.html#.Vz3q4PkrIdUThu, 26 Apr 2012 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/leak-why-mark-felt-became-deep-throat/Author Debriefing: Shadow Commander: The Epic Story of Donald D. Blackburn-Guerrilla Leader and Special Forces Hero
During the Vietnam War, perhaps the US Army’s most secretive unit was the Studies and Observations Group (SOG). This unit conducted reconnaissance missions, captured enemy prisoners for interrogation and rescued American POWs. It also ran teams of clandestine agents, and conducted psychological operations. The leader of this group in the mid-1960s was a legendary Army officer, Donald Blackburn. Listen to author Mike Guardia describe Blackburn’s colorful life in this event which took place on 16 February 2012.Mon, 02 Apr 2012 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-shadow-commander-the-epic-story-of-donald-d-blackburn-guerrilla-leader-and-special-forces-hero/Eavesdropping in Vietnam: One Man’s Experience
SPY Historian Mark Stout explores the importance of signals intelligence (SIGINT) to the Vietnam War with retired National Security Agency cryptanalyst Tom Glenn. Glenn served more time in country than any other civilian of the NSA. Hear about the sixth sense that good SIGINTers need to have, the difficulties of working in foreign languages, and how Glenn and his colleagues were able to predict every major Communist offensive. Learn also why American commanders did not always believe them. Finally, hear the wrenching story of Glenn’s last days in Saigon in 1975 as the city was falling to the North Vietnamese Army.Wed, 28 Mar 2012 11:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/eavesdropping-in-vietnam-one-mans-experience/The Power of Open Source Intelligence
With the ever increasing global connectivity, more and more information is available merely for the asking. This has led to a flourishing of the discipline of open source intelligence collection. SPY Historian Mark Stout has a probing discussion with one of the world’s leading practitioners of this art: Arno Reuser of the Dutch military intelligence service. With the growth of open source, can we stop stealing secrets?Wed, 21 Mar 2012 11:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-power-of-open-source-intelligence/Author Debriefing: Smersh: Stalin's Secret Weapon: Soviet Military Counterintelligence in WWII
In the early James Bond novels, the hero battled the villainous forces of Smersh, a shadowy Soviet intelligence organization. Bond was fictional, but Smersh really existed. Drawing its name from smert shpionam Russian for “death to spies,” it was Stalin’s wartime terror apparatus and it cut a bloody swath of death across Eastern Europe. Its job was to “filter” the Red Army for spies and it was responsible for the arrest, torture, and execution of many thousands of innocent people. Listen to historian Vadim J. Birstein as he discusses this bloodthirsty organization and discusses the evidence suggesting that Raoul Wallenberg was one of its victims. This event took place on 12 January 2012.Fri, 17 Feb 2012 15:00:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-smersh-stalins-secret-weapon-soviet-military-counterintelligence-in-wwii/Investigating Historical Spies
Researching spy history is a difficult business. Spies carefully cover their tracks and intelligence agencies classify everything and release their records only after many years, if at all. Given these difficulties how do historians reconstruct espionage history? SPY Historian Mark Stout explores this issue with Dr. R. Bruce Craig, the author of Treasonable Doubt: The Harry Dexter White Spy Case. Hear Craig describe how a receipt for $1.25 allowed him to discover the real identity of the mysterious “Agent Zero” who spied for the Soviets before World War II. Also listen as Craig tells of his forthcoming book about Alger Hiss and how he has brought lawsuits that forced the government to open up sealed grand jury records for Hiss and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.Wed, 08 Feb 2012 10:00:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/investigating-historical-spies/The Intelligence War Against Terrorism
Since 9/11, the United States Intelligence Community has expanded into an $80 billion behemoth and taken on many new tasks, for instance spying on terrorists in cyberspace and even becoming a combat organization in its own right. Are we getting value for our money? To what extent did the invasion of Iraq divert important intelligence resources from Afghanistan? And why is the FBI flying reconnaissance flights over northwest D.C.? Intelligence historian, Matthew Aid, the author of the new book Intel Wars: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror, grapples with these and other questions in a discussion with SPY Historian Mark Stout.Wed, 18 Jan 2012 10:00:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-intelligence-war-against-terrorism/Intelligence and Espionage in the U.S. Civil War
Spies, cavalry, and telescopes were the traditional intelligence tools available during the Civil War, but there was also cutting edge high tech: the telegraph and the observation balloon. How did Civil War generals combine these to help make strategic decisions? As we observe the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, SPY Historian Mark Stout discusses this question with Professor William Feis of Buena Vista University, the author of Grant’s Secret Service: The Intelligence War from Belmont to Appomattox.Fri, 13 Jan 2012 11:00:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/intelligence-and-espionage-in-the-us-civil-war/Author Debriefing: MH/CHAOS: The CIA’s Campaign against the Radical New Left and the Black Panthers
Operation MHCHAOS was the code name for a secret domestic spying program conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency in the late 1960s and early 1970s charged with unmasking any foreign influences on left wing protestors. CIA counterintelligence officer Frank Rafalko was a part of that operation. When The New York Times revealed MHCHAOS in 1974 and Congress investigated, MHCHAOS took its place in the pantheon of intelligence abuses. However, in his new book Rafalko says that the operation was justified and that the CIA was the logical agency to conduct it. Listen as he defends his perspective with dramatic intelligence collected on the New Left and black radicals. This event took place on 26 October 2011.Mon, 19 Dec 2011 10:00:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-mh-chaos-the-cias-campaign-against-the-radical-new-left-and-the-black-panthers/The Silent Listener: British Eavesdropping in the Falklands War
D. J. Thorp, a signals intelligence officer in the British Army, spent many years eavesdropping on the hot spots of the Cold War in Europe and the Middle East. In 1982 he found himself on board a Royal Navy ship intercepting signals from the Argentinean military as it fought the British in the Falklands War. Listen in as Major Thorp describes to SPY Historian Mark Stout how signals intelligence influenced the course of that war, how his team uncovered an Argentinean plan for a counterattack that could have turned the tide of the war, and even how a signals intercept led British naval personnel to shave off their beards!Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:00:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-silent-listener-british-eavesdropping-in-the-falklands-war/J. Edgar Hoover: Fact vs. Fiction
Clint Eastwood’s movie, J. Edgar, gives a Hollywood take on the controversial Director of the FBI. However, many people have criticized the movie for whitewashing Hoover’s abuses while others have criticized it for its implication that Hoover may have been gay. Peter addresses these issues in discussion with Ray Batvinis, a former FBI special agent, a former Executive Director of the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation, and the author of the book, The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence.Tue, 06 Dec 2011 16:00:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/j-edgar-hoover-fact-vs-fiction/Uncompromised: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of an Arab American Patriot in the CIA
After a childhood in war-torn Lebanon with an abusive father, Nada Prouty jumped at the chance to forge her own path in America, a path that led to undercover work in the FBI, then the CIA. Her work earned her great respect from her colleagues but her promising career came to an end when federal investigators charged Prouty with passing intelligence to Hezbollah. Lacking sufficient evidence to make their case in court, prosecutors went to the media, suggesting that she had committed treason. Though the CIA and a federal judge eventually exonerated Prouty, she was dismissed from the Agency and stripped of her citizenship. In Uncompromised, Prouty tells her story in a bid to restore her name and reputation. This event took place on 15 November 2011.Thu, 17 Nov 2011 17:00:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/uncompromised-the-rise-fall-and-redemption-of-an-arab-american-patriot-in-the-cia/Identity, Espionage, and Social Media
Who are your friends on Facebook? Are you sure? Thomas Ryan, co-founder of Provide Security, knows that you can’t always be certain. Why? Because he created the fictional Robin Sage, a cyber femme fatale, who quickly wormed her way into the confidence of national security professionals who should have known better. He conceived the experiment to expose weaknesses in the nation's defense and intelligence communities, but even he was surprised by its success. Robin Sage is just one of the fascinating and disturbing tricks of the online espionage trade that Ryan shared with SPY Historian Mark Stout. You may never friend anyone again…Sun, 09 Oct 2011 11:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/identity-espionage-and-social-media/Interrogating a High Value Detainee: A Morality Tale
What would you do if you were told to do whatever was necessary to get a prisoner to talk? This is the situation that career CIA officer Glenn Carle found himself in when he was made the lead interrogator for a detainee who was said to be a member of Al Qaeda’s top echelon. Carle, the author of the recently published book, The Interrogator: An Education, tells Peter what it was like to be in this position. And, he describes how he got on the wrong side of CIA Headquarters (HQ) when he objected to the treatment of the detainee, who he came to believe was not who CIA HQ said he was. Listen in on a discussion that raises profound questions about American values and the struggle against terrorism.Fri, 23 Sep 2011 11:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/interrogating-a-high-value-detainee-a-morality-tale/In the Counterterrorism Center on 9/11: One Analyst’s Story
The war with Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda did not begin on September 11th. CIA analyst Cindy Storer was there from the beginning in the early 1990s, a member of a small band of mostly female analysts who worked on Al Qaeda long before September 11. They faced a frustrating uphill battle convincing others about this new threat and were subjected to ridicule for their supposedly excessive passion right up until September 11th. Hear Cindy discuss with SPY Historian Mark Stout what it was like to be in the building on that day and the amazing combination of emotion, professionalism, and commitment that characterized the following days.Fri, 09 Sep 2011 12:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/in-the-counterterrorism-center-on-9-11-one-analysts-story/ The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole Who Infiltrated the CIA
In 2009, the CIA’s partners in the Jordanian General Intelligence Directorate had a source named Humam Khalil al-Balawi working inside Al Qaeda and he knew where Ayman al-Zawahiri, the number two man in al Qaeda was…or so they thought. In fact, Al Qaeda was running a deception. In December 2009 al-Balawi came to a CIA base in Khost, Afghanistan and detonated bomb strapped to his chest, killing seven CIA officers and one Jordanian intelligence officer. It was the CIA’s greatest loss of life in decades. Join Pulitzer Prize winning author Joby Warrick for this gripping true story of miscalculation, deception, and revenge, and learn how Al Qaeda fooled the world’s greatest intelligence service. This event took place on 20 July 2011.Tue, 16 Aug 2011 12:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-triple-agent-the-al-qaeda-mole-who-infiltrated-the-cia/The Aftermath of Bin Laden’s Death: The Lessons of Strategic Manhunting
The 13-year search for Osama Bin Laden may have seemed unprecedented, but actually such events have not been uncommon in American history. Since the days of Geronimo, the United States has embarked on at least eleven such “strategic manhunts.” Benjamin Runkle, the author of the new book Wanted Dead or Alive: Manhunts from Geronimo to Bin Laden, sits down with SPY Historian Mark Stout to discuss what we can learn from the history of these manhunts. Find out what kind of intelligence it takes to track down an evasive enemy leader and learn what the strategic pay-off can be from a successful manhunt. Part three of a series.Tue, 02 Aug 2011 12:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-aftermath-of-bin-ladens-death-the-lessons-of-strategic-manhunting/Mastermind: The Many Faces of the 9/11 Architect, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was behind many of the most heinous terrorist plots of the past twenty years, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the Millenium Plots, and 9/11 itself. He even claims to have personally beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Investigative journalist Richard Miniter brings to life the remarkable story of “KSM,” including his time living in the United States. Based on interviews with government officials, generals, diplomats and spies from around the world, Miniter reveals never before reported Al Qaeda plots and remarkable new details about the 9/11 attacks. He also lets us into the ultimately successful clandestine operations of American and Pakistani intelligence officers to capture this notorious killer. This event took place on May 19, 2011.Mon, 01 Aug 2011 12:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/mastermind-the-many-faces-of-the-9-11-architect-khalid-shaikh-mohammed/Author Debriefing: "Wild Bill" Donovan
“Wild Bill” Donovan was a World War I hero with a Medal of Honor to prove it, a millionaire Wall Street lawyer, and a prominent Republican. Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt chose this brilliant yet disorganized visionary to be his spymaster, head of the World War II Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Veteran journalist Douglas Waller has written a compelling biography of William Donovan. He describes Donovan’s reckless nature: how he needlessly risked his life on foreign battlefields and engaged in extramarital affairs that emboldened his enemies in Washington. Waller also recounts the OSS’s daring operations overseas and the vicious political battles that Donovan had to fight with Winston Churchill, J. Edgar Hoover, and the Pentagon. Donovan’s plans to continue the OSS after the war were defeated, yet the CIA rose like a phoenix from the OSS’ ashes. This event took place February 17, 2011.
Get the book: http://www.spymuseumstore.org/wild-bill-donovan-book.html#.Vxk4yJMrJTYWed, 13 Jul 2011 15:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/author-debriefing-wild-bill-donovan/Modern Intelligence Analysis: From Art to Science?
A great deal of public attention goes to the CIA’s case officers who recruit and run agents and steal secrets. However, few people pay attention to the fact that those secrets are stolen so that they can be put on desks of intelligence analysts. Analysts, then, must put together information from both secret sources and open sources to produce insightful assessments to inform the nation’s leaders. Randy Pherson, a former senior official at the CIA and the President of Pherson Associates, teaches advanced analytic techniques to the US Intelligence Community. Join him as he discusses with SPY Historian Mark Stout his efforts to move the vital field of intelligence analysis toward greater rigor.Fri, 01 Jul 2011 11:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/modern-intelligence-analysis-from-art-to-science/The Aftermath of Bin Laden’s Death: Inside al Qaeda’s Hard Drive
After killing Osama bin Laden, the SEALs reportedly took hundreds of drives, disks, and computers from the house in Abbottabad, Pakistan. What challenges will American intelligence agencies face in exploiting bin Laden’s computers and what can be learned from the computer of a terrorist mastermind? SPY Historian Mark Stout discusses the complexities of digital dumpster diving with Wall Street Journal reporter Alan Cullison, who in 2001 purchased and exploited a computer used by Ayman al-Zawahiri, now the heir apparent to lead al Qaeda. Part two of a series.Thu, 16 Jun 2011 10:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-aftermath-of-bin-ladens-death-inside-al-qaedas-hard-drive/The Aftermath of bin Laden’s Death: Winning the War While Staying in the Right
What are the implications of Osama bin Laden’s death for the al Qaeda movement? What role did waterboarding and “enhanced interrogation techniques” play in tracking down Bin Laden and should we reassess our views of torture? Peter explores these provocative questions with naval intelligence veteran and counterterrorism expert Malcolm Nance, the author of An End to al Qaeda: Destroying bin Laden’s Jihad and Restoring America’s Honor. As a SERE instructor, Nance has been waterboarded and has conducted waterboardings. He has even given expert testimony on the issue before Congress. Part one of a series.Fri, 20 May 2011 11:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-aftermath-of-bin-ladens-death-winning-the-war-while-staying-in-the-right/Spy versus Spy in East Germany
The East German security service, the Stasi, was infamous for surveilling and oppressing the East German population. However, it also hunted Western spies and there were many to be found; the CIA, the West German BND, and Britain’s MI-6 were all very active. In fact, from 1955 to 1989 the Stasi uncovered more than 1300 foreign spies operating in East Germany. Join SPY Historian Mark Stout as he discusses Stasi counterespionage with Professor Paul Maddrell who has been working in the Stasi archives. Learn about Western espionage in East Germany and find out the grim fate of the spies who were uncovered.Mon, 09 May 2011 18:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/spy-versus-spy-in-east-germany/Stalking Terrorists Online
Montana resident Shannen Rossmiller is proof that things are not as they seem online. Before September 11, she was a judge, a wife, and a mother but not an expert on terrorism or an Arabic speaker. After September 11, she taught herself Arabic and started to explore the world of online jihadism, pretending to be a male terrorist. She soon found that real jihadists were willing to share their secrets with her. She turned these secrets over to the FBI and as a result some of her online acquaintances are now in jail. Listen in as Peter, who used to steal secrets in the real world, compares notes with Shannen who used to steal secrets in the virtual world.Thu, 21 Apr 2011 11:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/stalking-terrorists-online/Dropping Spies from the Sky during the Korean War
During the Korean War, US military intelligence worked with anti-communist Korean agents and partisans to collect information from behind North Korean lines. SPY Historian Mark Stout interviews Colonel Douglas Dillard, USA (Ret.) who led AVIARY operations, the airborne insertion of the agents and partisans, and Mr. James M. H. Lee, a native of North Korea, who worked at his side as an interpreter. Learn what it was like flying at night over North Korea in a blacked out plane and hear about the courage of the Korean volunteers who parachuted into the dark, many of them never to return.Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/dropping-spies-from-the-sky-during-the-korean-war/Social Media: Tools of Liberation or Repression?
Social media—Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others—are held up as powerful tools for peoples trying to overthrow police states. Iran’s “Twitter Revolution” electrified the world and the Egyptian government shut off Internet access as demonstrations swept that country. However, Evgeny Morozov of Stanford University, one of the leading thinkers about the political impact of new media, explains to SPY Historian, Mark Stout that they are less powerful than we normally think; worse, “the KGB wants you to join Facebook.”Social media—Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others—are held up as powerful tools for peoples trying to overthrow police states. Iran’s “Twitter Revolution” electrified the world and the Egyptian government shut off Internet access as demonstrations swept that country. However, Evgeny Morozov of Stanford University, one of the leading thinkers about the political impact of new media, explains to SPY Historian, Mark Stout that they are less powerful than we normally think; worse, “the KGB wants you to join Facebook.”Tue, 01 Feb 2011 17:00:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/social-media-tools-of-liberation-or-repression/Intelligence and Analysis in the National Football League
In 2007, the New England Patriots were caught videotaping the New York Jet’s sideline defensive signals. That was illegal, but it’s remarkable what is allowed, even routine. From surveillance films, to secure communications, to briefing books, and deception operations, the intelligence activity conducted for the gridiron warriors is as intense as that conducted for the US military. T. J. Waters joins Peter Earnest and Dan Treado of the International Spy Museum to discuss his new ebook, Prior to the Snap: How the NFL’s Hyperperformance Strategy Safeguards the World’s Most Successful Team Sport. You’ll never look at football the same way again.Wed, 26 Jan 2011 16:00:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/intelligence-and-analysis-in-the-national-football-league/Spying on the Soviet Army in East Germany
During the Cold War, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France each had a “military liaison mission” authorized to roam East Germany. While the fiction was that they existed to coordinate military affairs with the Soviets in Germany, the reality was that they collected intelligence on the Soviet military. Join Spy Museum Historian Mark Stout as he talks with Brigadier General Roland Lajoie, a former chief of the US Military Liaison Mission, about the accomplishments, adventures, and tragedies of these little known spies in uniform.Wed, 05 Jan 2011 17:00:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/spying-on-the-soviet-army-in-east-germany/A Young Woman on the Front Lines of the Cold War
Shirley Perry was recruited to join the CIA in 1951, a time when applications were handed out “under the counter” at the university job office, and when the CIA lived in rodent-infested temporary buildings on the National Mall. What was it like to be a young woman in the Agency at that time, and to be sent to Vienna—the front line of the Cold War—to support intelligence operations? Shirley Perry, former CIA case officer, reminisces with Peter about those early days and talks about her new memoir, After Many Years.Fri, 17 Dec 2010 11:00:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/a-young-woman-on-the-front-lines-of-the-cold-war/David Kahn on Codebreaking from Ancient Times to the Internet Era
David Kahn is the author of the classic book The Codebreakers. When it was first published in 1967, the National Security Agency was concerned that the book might reveal sensitive secrets. Over the years, however, NSA changed from perceiving Kahn as “an enemy of the people” to depending on him as a popularizer of codebreaking. Join Peter and David Kahn as they discuss Kahn’s career, some of the greatest triumphs of American signals intelligence history, and the challenges facing today’s codebreakers.Mon, 06 Dec 2010 16:00:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/david-kahn-on-codebreaking-from-ancient-times-to-the-internet-era/The Real History of MI6
Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, better known as MI6, is James Bond’s home agency and one of the world’s most secretive organizations. The British government did not even admit that it existed until the 1990s. Yet, in connection with its centennial year, the service has commissioned an outside scholar to write an official history of its first forty years. Peter chats with Professor Keith Jeffery, the only outsider who has ever seen the MI6 archives and given their penchant for secrecy perhaps the only one who ever will in our lifetimes. Drawing on his new book, The Secret History of MI6, 1909-1949, Professor Jeffery shares “how it actually was and how it’s actually done.Mon, 01 Nov 2010 17:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-real-history-of-mi6/Escape from Tehran, 1979: Part II
American diplomats Mark and Cora Lijek were hiding at the home of a Canadian diplomat as the Iranian Revolution swirled around them. Peter continues his discussion with the Lijeks and also welcomes Tony Mendez, the CIA officer who led the daring operation to bring them home. Hear how they escaped the country posing as Hollywood filmmakers and the joy they felt as they finally left Iranian airspace.Thu, 14 Oct 2010 13:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/escape-from-tehran-1979-part-ii/Escape from Tehran, 1979: Part I
When Iranian militants stormed the US Embassy in Tehran, Mark and Cora Lijek and four other American diplomats slipped out a side exit and found themselves on the run in a hostile country. Before long, Canadian diplomats gave them shelter but now they had to avoid discovery while Washington hatched an audacious plan to rescue them. The Lijeks discuss with Peter their ordeal and how they prepared to escape.Tue, 28 Sep 2010 15:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/escape-from-tehran-1979-part-i/From the Vault: The Cuban Missile Crisis - Peering Over the Iron Curtain: Overhead Photography and the Cold War
Today Peter converses with Dino Brugioni, a pioneer of the art of photo interpretation and a living legend of the US Intelligence Community. Dino shares his personal experiences briefing Presidents and describes the role that he and overhead photography played in such seminal Cold War events as the “missile gap” and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Dino Brugioni has looked inside the most secret places on earth…from above..Mon, 16 Aug 2010 18:00:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/from-the-vault-the-cuban-missile-crisis--peering-over-the-iron-curtain-overhead-photography-and-the-cold-war/A Spy in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard
A young student in the US when the Iranian Revolution happened in 1979, Reza Kahlili rejoiced and hurried back to his native country, but he soon found that "every promise that Khomeini had made was vividly a lie." In the early 1980s, he made contact with the CIA, agreeing to risk his life and his family's wellbeing as a spy within Iran. He discusses with Peter how he burrowed inside the regime's elite Revolutionary Guard to report what he found, balancing his constant fear against his Persian patriotism.Wed, 21 Jul 2010 16:15:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/a-spy-in-the-iranian-revolutionary-guard/An Army of Illegals: Assessing the Russian Spy Case
Two weeks ago on 27 June, the FBI arrested a network of 10 Russian "deep cover" spies. Peter sits down with former KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin to discuss this remarkable case and the historic spy swap which took place last Friday. Kalugin, who once ran agents in the United States, is forthright in expressing his views about what this case says about the state of Russian intelligence today.Mon, 12 Jul 2010 16:30:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/an-army-of-illegals-assessing-the-russian-spy-case/Son of Hamas, Spy for Israel
Mosab Hassan Yousef was the nearest thing to royalty in the terrorist group Hamas: the son of one of its founding members. He was also a spy for Shin Bet, Israel's internal security agency, which dubbed him the "Green Prince." Today Mosab and his Shin Bet handler sit down with Peter to discuss their dangerous game and his book Son of Hamas.Fri, 02 Jul 2010 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/son-of-hamas-spy-for-israel/Caught by the KGB
Martha Peterson, a 32 year CIA veteran, was the first female case officer assigned to Moscow. Today she talks with Peter about her sudden capture by the Soviet KGB while executing a covert operation in Moscow.Fri, 04 Jun 2010 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/caught-by-the-kgb/Military Intelligence from the Cold War to Cyber War
In 1973 Captain Gail Harris became the first woman to hold a combat intelligence job in the U.S. Navy. Her 28 year career included hands-on leadership in the intelligence community during every major conflict from the Cold War to Desert Storm to Kosovo. Today, she discusses with Peter her unique experience providing intelligence support to military operations and the challenges of developing policies for defense against cyber warfare.Fri, 07 May 2010 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/military-intelligence-from-the-cold-war-to-cyber-war/Evolution of Government Surveillance Programs
Shane Harris is a staff correspondent for National Journal and the former technology editor of Government Executive magazine. In his new book, The Watchers, he chronicles the government’s efforts to create a computer system capable of analyzing data and identifying terrorist activity. Harris contends that while pinpointing threats remains difficult, the governments can now spy on U.S. citizens with ease. He joins Peter today to discuss the evolution of surveillance, America’s changing views on privacy, and the human element behind computerized data collecting.Mon, 19 Apr 2010 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/evolution-of-government-surveillance-programs/Tales from the OSS, part II
Elizabeth Macintosh continues to offer her insights into OSS. This time, she talks about the many fascinating and colorful people she met at OSS, including Director William “Wild Bill” Donovan and Virginia Hall.Mon, 01 Mar 2010 00:01:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/tales-from-the-oss-part-ii/Cyber Security and Covert Action
Dr. Herbert Lin is chief scientist at the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council of the National Academies. An expert on cyber security, Herb discusses various aspects of cyber attacks, including ways in which cyber weapons can be used for covert action. To view his co-edited report on this subject, visit: http://www.anagram.com/berson/nrcoiw.pdfWed, 17 Feb 2010 00:01:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/cyber-security-and-covert-action/Intelligence in a War Zone (Melissa Mahle)
Melissa Mahle served from 1988-2002 at the CIA, much of the time as a case officer dealing with terrorist issues in the Middle East, running agents and gathering intelligence. Today, she discusses with Peter her perspective on the recent suicide bombing of a CIA base in Afghanistan, the perils of collecting intelligence in a war zone, as well as the terrorist challenge.Wed, 20 Jan 2010 00:01:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/intelligence-in-a-war-zone-melissa-mahle/The Terrorist Challenge
The U.S. authorities' failure to prevent a Nigerian suicide bomber from boarding a Detroit-bound plane on Christmas Day, and the suicide bombing at a CIA base in Afghanistan have roiled the intelligence community. International Spy Museum historian Dr. Thomas Boghardt discusses with SpyCast host and CIA veteran Peter Earnest how these incidents unfolded and their implications for intelligence reform.Fri, 08 Jan 2010 00:01:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-terrorist-challenge/Tales from the OSS, Part I
Elizabeth Macintosh served in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II. Today, she discusses her personal experience working for OSS, the role of women in it, as well as some of the agency’s most exciting operations.Fri, 01 Jan 2010 00:01:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/tales-from-the-oss-part-i/The MI5 Centenary
This year, Britain’s domestic security service, MI5, celebrates its 100th anniversary. Cambridge University professor Christopher Andrew, the author of MI5’s official history, Defend the Realm, reveals the agency’s strengths and weaknesses, and relates some of the most intriguing stories involving Britain’s spy catchers.Tue, 01 Dec 2009 00:01:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-mi5-centenary/Cyber Threats: Challenges and Solutions
Melissa Hathaway served as acting senior director for cyberspace for the National Security Council, heading a 60-Day Cyberspace Policy Review for President Obama that resulted in a comprehensive report with recommendations for action. Today, she discusses the massive and growing challenges of cyberspace—such as identity theft, cyber espionage, and cyber wars—and what needs to be done to deal with this threat.Sun, 01 Nov 2009 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/cyber-threats-challenges-and-solutions/The Changing Face of Al Qaeda
How has the sustained U.S. effort to destroy Al Qaeda affected the terrorist organization, and how important is the current struggle against the Taliban in Afghanistan for the future of Al Qaeda? A former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism, Juan C. Zarate discusses America’s struggle with Al Qaeda and comments on the organization’s current state.Thu, 01 Oct 2009 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-changing-face-of-al-qaeda/Intelligence and 9/11 with Amy Zegart
Could intelligence have prevented the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and has the Intelligence Community been sufficiently reformed to deal with current and future threats? These are the questions that Amy Zegart discusses on the eighth anniversary of 9/11. An intelligence scholar, Amy has worked on President Clinton’s National Security Council and is currently teaching intelligence and national security at UCLA.Fri, 11 Sep 2009 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/intelligence-and-9-11-with-amy-zegart/Sexpionage
Since biblical times, spies and intelligence services have used sexual entrapment and emotional blackmail to recruit agents and gather secret information. International Spy Museum advisory board member and espionage author H. Keith Melton discusses the means, methods, and effectiveness of “sexpionage,” and elaborates on specific examples, such as the Russian honeytrap and the East German Romeo agent.Tue, 01 Sep 2009 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/sexpionage/The Cambridge Five
In the 1930s, five young Cambridge University students were recruited by Soviet intelligence to penetrate the British intelligence community. In the course of their decade-long espionage career, the Five did enormous damage to Western security. British intelligence author Nigel West examines their motivations and activities, and reveals new evidence he has unearthed in Soviet intelligence archives.Sat, 15 Aug 2009 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-cambridge-five/Cold War Radio
Richard H. Cummings served for fifteen years as Director of Security for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). He reviews the propaganda activities of RFE/RL during the Cold War and describes Soviet bloc operations against the stations, including the 1978 murder of RFE scriptwriter Georgi Markov in London, and the 1981 bombing of RFE/RL headquarters in Munich by the terrorist Carlos the Jackal.Sat, 01 Aug 2009 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/cold-war-radio/Intelligence on Pakistan
"Pakistan is the most dangerous country in the world today," asserts Bruce Riedel, a 30-year CIA veteran and currently a senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. Bruce discusses the various threats emanating from Pakistan, including the rise of the Taliban, the security of the country’s nuclear weapons, the murky role of its Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI), and the precarious relationship with neighboring India.Wed, 01 Jul 2009 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/intelligence-on-pakistan/Intelligence in Cyberspace
Cyber threats, information warfare, and internet espionage are growing challenges for business companies, private individuals, and the intelligence community alike. A former CIA operations officer and current president of the cyber intelligence company Cyveillance, Dr. Terry Gudaitis discusses specific examples of cyber threats as well as techniques to counter them.Mon, 15 Jun 2009 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/intelligence-in-cyberspace/Inside the National Security Agency
The National Security Agency (NSA), America’s premier cryptanalytic organization, is the largest and most secretive member of the American intelligence community. Discussing NSA’s mission, capabilities, and past exploits, former NSA Chief of Information Policy Mike Levin reveals some of the mysterious agency’s secrets.Mon, 01 Jun 2009 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/inside-the-national-security-agency/U.S. Military Intelligence—Past and Present
A West Point graduate, Brian G. Shellum was U.S. Army attaché in Germany, served in the armed forces during the first Gulf War, and worked for over a decade as historian for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Today, Brian discusses the history and purpose of American military intelligence, describing the DIA and the role of the military attachés posted abroad.Fri, 01 May 2009 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/us-military-intelligencepast-and-present/U.S. Naval Intelligence in World War II
Rear-Admiral Donald Mac Showers joined the U.S. Navy’s codebreakers at Pearl Harbor in 1942 and went on to serve three decades in the American intelligence community. Today, he talks about the contribution of codebreaking to the defeat of Japanese naval forces at Midway in 1942, and he reveals how cryptanalysts helped U.S. forces locate and kill Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the mastermind of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.Tue, 14 Apr 2009 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/us-naval-intelligence-in-world-war-ii/Intelligence and Conspiracy Theories II
During the Cold War, Soviet intelligence used disinformation to malign the United States, for example, by spreading the rumor that AIDS resulted from U.S. Army bacteriological warfare experiments. U.S. State Department Counter-Misinformation officer Todd Leventhal discusses some of the most notorious Soviet-inspired conspiracy theories and explains how the United States sought to counter them.Wed, 01 Apr 2009 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/intelligence-and-conspiracy-theories-ii/Intelligence and Conspiracy Theories I
What makes conspiracy theories so appealing, and why have they become so prevalent in this day and age? Do some of them contain a grain of truth? And who stands to gain from spreading these ideas? To answer these questions, Peter interviews Professor Robert Alan Goldberg, author of Enemies Within, and a leading authority on conspiracy thinking.Wed, 04 Mar 2009 00:01:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/intelligence-and-conspiracy-theories-i/Intelligence Lessons from Vietnam
Working for the Saigon Military Mission and the CIA, Rufus Phillips spent ten years in South East Asia during the Vietnam War. Drawing on this experience, Rufus talks about psychological warfare and counter-insurgency tactics in Vietnam, and lessons for America’s present engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan.Thu, 19 Feb 2009 00:01:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/intelligence-lessons-from-vietnam/Robert De Niro on Intelligence
Today, Peter chats with actor and film producer Robert De Niro. De Niro talks about his long-standing interest in the world of intelligence and discusses his latest espionage movie The Good Shepherd about the early history of the CIA. He also provides an insider look at the making of the humorous polygraph scene in Meet the Parents.Mon, 02 Feb 2009 00:01:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/robert-de-niro-on-intelligence/U.S. Intelligence in Decline?
A senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, Melvin A. Goodman served many years as an analyst at the CIA and the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. A critical observer of the intelligence community, he elaborates on his thesis about the decline of U.S. intelligence, specifically its militarization, privatization, and deteriorating analysis capacities.Fri, 02 Jan 2009 00:01:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/us-intelligence-in-decline/The CIA and the End of the Cold War
As CIA station chief in Pakistan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Germany in the 1980s and early ‘90s, Milt Bearden observed—and influenced—the end of the Cold War from a unique vantage point. Today, he talks with Peter about U.S. support of Afghani mujahideen against the Soviet invaders, intelligence community reforms, and his work as a consultant on spycraft in Hollywood.Fri, 05 Dec 2008 00:01:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-cia-and-the-end-of-the-cold-war/Woman in Disguise - Jonna Mendez
Jonna Hiestand Mendez began her CIA career as a secretary and ended it as head of the agency’s Office of Technical Services, overseeing the development of gadgets, disguises, and high-tech devices in support of espionage missions. Today, she discusses with Peter some of the operations she was involved in as well as opportunities for women in the intelligence community.Tue, 18 Nov 2008 00:01:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/woman-in-disguise--jonna-mendez/Intelligence and the Presidential Elections II
Judge William H. Webster, the only person who directed both the FBI (1978-87) and the CIA (1987-91), taps into his vast expertise to discuss with Peter the guidance he would offer to the next U.S. president. In addition, he provides insight on the ever-present tension between civil liberties and national security, and issues of intelligence oversight.Sat, 01 Nov 2008 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/intelligence-and-the-presidential-elections-ii/Inspecting the CIA
Peter’s guest today is Frederick Hitz, the CIA’s first inspector general subject to U.S. Senate Confirmation (1990-98) and now a lecturer on intelligence at the University of Virginia. In a wide-ranging discussion, Fred talks about intelligence oversight, leadership issues, and terrorism. He also discusses career options in intelligence for young people.Mon, 20 Oct 2008 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/inspecting-the-cia/Intelligence and the Presidential Elections I
A former station chief in Moscow and head of the CIA’s Soviet/East Europe division, Burton Gerber now lectures on intelligence and national security at Georgetown University. Today, Peter interviews him about the post 9/11 reforms of the intelligence community and what guidance he would offer to the next occupant of the White House.Wed, 01 Oct 2008 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/intelligence-and-the-presidential-elections-i/The Iranian Hostage Crisis
In November 1979, radical Iranian students overran the U.S. embassy in Tehran, capturing most of the embassy staff—except for six diplomats who found refuge with the Canadian embassy. Today, Peter talks with retired CIA officer Tony Mendez who, in an elaborate deception and disguise operation, managed to exfiltrate the six Americans from Tehran before the Iranians were able to track them down.Mon, 01 Sep 2008 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-iranian-hostage-crisis/Intelligence and the Presidency
How is information from the intelligence community (IC) conveyed to the president, and how have different administrations incorporated intelligence in the political decision-making process? John Hedley, former CIA officer and editor of the President’s Daily Brief (PDB), reviews the relationship between the IC and presidents since World War II, in the course revealing fascinating episodes from his personal experience in dealing with several administrations.Fri, 01 Aug 2008 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/intelligence-and-the-presidency/Gizmos and Gadgets—the World of Spycraft
Peter interviews Robert Wallace, director of the CIA’s Office of Technical Services (OTS, the department in charge of “gadgetry”) from 1998 to 2002. Bob explains some of his favorite devices, such as the T-100 subminiature camera, and compares OTS’ performance to that of its adversaries. He also reviews the role of OTS in some high-profile spy cases and discusses the capabilities and limitations of technical support in intelligence operations.Tue, 01 Jul 2008 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/gizmos-and-gadgetsthe-world-of-spycraft/Predicting Terrorism
Peter’s guest today is Malcolm W. Nance. A 20 year veteran of the US intelligence community, Malcolm has participated in numerous counter-terrorism operations in the Balkans, the Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa. The author of The Terrorist Recognition Handbook and The Terrorists of Iraq, Malcolm discusses with Peter the role of Osama Bin Laden, Al Qaeda operations in Iraq, and the threat of domestic terrorism in the United States. He also talks about means and methods of effective anti-terrorist operations and cautions against overreactions.Sun, 01 Jun 2008 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/predicting-terrorism/Congressional Perspectives on U.S. Intelligence
Peter’s guest today is former Democratic Congressman Louis Stokes from Ohio, who chaired the House Intelligence Committee in the 1980s and the House Select Committee on Assassinations in the 1970s. Congressman Stokes discusses Congress’ role in overseeing the intelligence community and the value of intelligence to national security, and his committee’s investigation of the deaths of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Thu, 01 May 2008 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/congressional-perspectives-on-us-intelligence/Comrade J and Russian Espionage in the U.S.
Today, Peter interviews espionage writer Pete Earley about one of the most senior Russian intelligence defectors ever, Col. Sergei Tretyakov or “Comrade J.” Pete reveals some of the secrets Tretyakov covertly betrayed to the FBI/CIA while serving as SVR (Russian foreign intelligence) deputy resident in New York in the late 1990s. He also sheds light on Tretyakov’s complex motivations for defecting.Tue, 01 Apr 2008 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/comrade-j-and-russian-espionage-in-the-us/Intelligence and the WMD Fiasco - Part II
Looking further into the U.S. intelligence community’s faulty assessment of Iraq’s WMD program, Peter interviews Bob Drogin, author of Curveball: Spies, Lies and the Conman Who Caused a War. Bob reveals how fabricated information about Saddam’s WMD program from the Iraqi defector “Curveball” could make it all the way to the White House and consequently became one of the primary rationales for war against Iraq.Wed, 05 Mar 2008 00:01:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/intelligence-and-the-wmd-fiasco--part-ii/Intelligence and the WMD Fiasco
Today, Peter interviews Tyler Drumheller, the former chief of CIA covert operations in Europe. In the run-up to the Iraq war, Tyler consistently questioned affirmative intelligence on the existence of Saddam’s WMD program. He recounts his often frustrating efforts to prevent questionable information, such as that provided by the Iraqi defector "Curveball," from distorting intelligence assessments on Iraq.Fri, 01 Feb 2008 00:01:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/intelligence-and-the-wmd-fiasco/Valerie Plame Speaks
Peter’s guest today is Valerie Plame, a covert CIA officer who recently left the Agency after her name was leaked to the press. Valerie discusses her time at the CIA, the controversy surrounding her case, and the administration’s drive to war against Iraq. She also reveals how suddenly becoming a focus of public attention affected her marriage and family.Wed, 02 Jan 2008 00:01:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/valerie-plame-speaks/On Assignment to Congo
Today, Peter chats with Larry Devlin, the CIA’s legendary station chief in Congo during the 1960s. Larry reflects on his reasons for joining the CIA, the political situation in Congo at the time, and the face-off with the Soviets in the Third World. He also discusses his response to the controversial directive from headquarters to have Congo’s Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba killed.Mon, 03 Dec 2007 00:01:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/on-assignment-to-congo/Intelligence and the Middle East with Robert Baer
Peter’s guest today is Robert Baer who served for many years as a CIA operative in the Middle East. Among other things, Bob talks about his tour of duty in Lebanon, the psychology of suicide bombers, and the emerging threat of Iran. He also discusses the movie Syriana, which is based on his book, See No Evil.Thu, 01 Nov 2007 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/intelligence-and-the-middle-east-with-robert-baer/The Polygraph — Science or Art?
Peter interviews John Sullivan, the CIA’s longest serving polygrapher. The lie detector has supporters and detractors, and John confronts the controversy surrounding it head-on. He frankly discusses the role of the polygraph in the Agency’s security process and offers his candid opinion on the possibilities and limitations of this device.Mon, 01 Oct 2007 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-polygraph-science-or-art/Leon Trotsky — Murder in Mexico
Peter’s guest today is H. Keith Melton, renowned intelligence historian and owner of the largest collection of espionage artifacts. Keith sheds new light on one of the most notorious intelligence operations of all time—the assassination of exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky in Mexico in 1940. Keith reconstructs the operation in all its phases, including material from his own original research.Sat, 01 Sep 2007 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/leon-trotsky-murder-in-mexico/Cuban Intelligence and the Ana Montes Spy Case
Peter’s guest this month is Scott Carmichael of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). As the DIA’s senior counterintelligence investigator, Scott identified one of the most damaging spies in recent U.S. history, the Agency’s own chief Cuba analyst, Ana Belen Montes. Scott discusses Montes’ motivations, the damage she did, and the continuing threat of Cuban intelligence to the United States.Wed, 01 Aug 2007 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/cuban-intelligence-and-the-ana-montes-spy-case/From the Secret Files of the CIA
Peter interviews Tom Blanton of the National Security Archive about a recently declassified set of documents regarding illegal CIA activities in the early Cold War. Putting these "Family Jewels" in historical perspective, Tom and Peter discuss the CIA’s participation in domestic wiretapping, assassination attempts at Fidel Castro, and the popular notion of the Agency as a "rogue elephant."Mon, 02 Jul 2007 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/from-the-secret-files-of-the-cia/British Intelligence—Past and Present
Peter interviews Dame Stella Rimington, former Director-General of MI5, the British domestic security service. Dame Stella compares American and British approaches to intelligence and offers her view on the terrorist threat and the Litvinenko murder. She also discusses the authenticity of spy fiction and reveals her favorite espionage writer.Fri, 01 Jun 2007 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/british-intelligencepast-and-present/Counterterrorism, Intelligence, and the Iraq War
After responding to inquiries from listeners, Peter interviews Melissa Mahle who served for over a decade in the CIA’s clandestine service in the Middle East. Melissa provides a unique intelligence perspective on 9/11, terrorist threats, and America’s continuing engagement in Iraq. She also discusses career opportunities in the intelligence community and the changing role of women in the CIA.Tue, 01 May 2007 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/counterterrorism-intelligence-and-the-iraq-war/FBI Counterintelligence and the Robert Hanssen Spy Case
Peter discusses the Robert Hanssen spy case with retired Senior FBI Supervisory Special Agent David Major who knew Hanssen for over 20 years and was one of his supervisors. Dave shares his thoughts on Hanssen’s personality and reasons for spying for the Russians. Last not least, Dave offers his perspective on how the movie Breach captures and misses aspects of the Hanssen espionage case.Mon, 02 Apr 2007 01:01:00 -0400Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/fbi-counterintelligence-and-the-robert-hanssen-spy-case/The Movie Breach and Hollywood’s Take on Espionage
Peter interviews Eric O’Neill, the FBI investigator who went undercover as Robert Hanssen’s clerk during the final months before Hanssen was arrested for espionage. O’Neill is the model for Ryan Phillippe’s character in the current movie Breach. O’Neill talks about the ways the film mirrors—and diverges—from his real experiences with one of America’s most damaging spies.Thu, 01 Mar 2007 00:01:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-movie-breach-and-hollywoods-take-on-espionage/Israeli Intelligence and the Jonathan Pollard Spy Case
Peter sits down with Ron Olive, former special agent in charge of counterintelligence for the Naval Investigative Service, to discuss Olive’s role in the capture of Jonathan Pollard, one of the most controversial spies in history. Ron talks about investigating and interrogating Pollard, explores Pollard’s motivations and significance, and reveals the real significance of gift cacti.Thu, 01 Feb 2007 00:01:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/israeli-intelligence-and-the-jonathan-pollard-spy-case/Reviewing Robert De Niro’s The Good Shepherd
Peter discusses the film The Good Shepherd with former CIA officer Jack Platt and AFIO (Association for Intelligence Officers) Director Elizabeth Bancroft, comparing fact and fiction in the OSS and CIA. Enjoy a bonus spoiler in which the three debate the meaning of the ending—and the best way to destroy secret information.Sat, 06 Jan 2007 00:01:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/reviewing-robert-de-niros-the-good-shepherd/The Litvinenko Murder and Other Riddles from Moscow
Peter sits down with former CIA officer Bob Rayle and Oleg Kalugin to talk Russia past and present. The three discuss their perspectives on the recent poisoning of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko. Then, they turn to 1967 and Bob's role in the extraordinary defection of Svetlana Alliluyeva, daughter of Josef Stalin.Mon, 04 Dec 2006 00:01:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-litvinenko-murder-and-other-riddles-from-moscow/The Secret History of Disguises
Peter talks with Tony Mendez, former Chief of Disguise for the CIA. Peter and Tony discuss the intricacies of developing disguises for use in hostile environments, the advantages of selective aging, and the secret history of facial recognition technology.Wed, 01 Nov 2006 00:01:00 -0500Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/multimedia/spycast/episode/the-secret-history-of-disguises/