Please Explain: Espionage

Friday, December 03, 2010

Today's Please Explain looks at spying, the organizations that do it, and how it's carried out and why. We're joined by Thomas S. Blanton, from George Washington University National Security Archives, and Joseph Weisberg, former CIA operative and author of An Ordinary Spy.


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Comments [8]

A great segment. In the late 70s I worked for a small agency that handled a large number of b2b/wholesale & trade clients.

One small acct was CIA recruitment which consisted mostly of seeking plumbing & electrical engineers with lots of foreign (Halliburton/White, etc) experience. Their task of course was to check for electric & plumbing anomalies that might help find interrogation and/or hostage sites.

In addition, some of the b2c clients were foreign sovereign entities that were experiencing various national & international transitions (Iran Air, South African Airways, South African Tourist Agency, e.g.).

One interesting point was a CD for airline accounts who was unfamiliar with the various aircraft in some of the ads, a form of not speaking the "language."

Dec. 03 2010 02:11 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Wasn't there a way Saddam Hussein could've told the US he didn't have WMDs without the Iraqis knowing it (until Wikileaks released the info years later)?

Dec. 03 2010 01:58 PM
I believe

[[Jeff from Manhattan
I am curious to know how the Wikileaks dump will change intelligence hiring and security clearance in the military.

Dec. 03 2010 01:43 PM]]

It's already changed sharing policies. They have severed their internal sharing network.

Dec. 03 2010 01:47 PM
Christine from Nuc

Any truth to uk conspiracy that t hat the media have only only released boring and obvious wikileaks in order to discredit wikileaks.

Dec. 03 2010 01:46 PM
A listener

Tuning in late to this segment, so sorry if you've already covered this.

There was a lot of material that went un--analyzed leading up to 9/11. Do the responsible agencies have more analysts now? Could google develop some technology that automatically scans audio files for key words?

Also, do we rely too much on technology instead of human intelligence?

Also, Lenny, love the show.

Dec. 03 2010 01:45 PM
Jeff from Manhattan

I am curious to know how the Wikileaks dump will change intelligence hiring and security clearance in the military.

Dec. 03 2010 01:43 PM
j from bklyn

really funny post @ spying and irving kristol [yes, that bill] on gawker today. again, commentors below the post and the replies, priceless.

Dec. 03 2010 01:32 PM
George from Brooklyn

What are the common misconceptions of espionage held by the public?

How has popular culture influence the public view of espionage?

Dec. 03 2010 05:00 AM

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