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The CIA and Robert De Niro - The CIA and Hollywood episode 02

The CIA and Robert De Niro – The CIA and Hollywood episode 02

Guillermo Jimenez joins us for this episode to talk about Robert De Niro - a man whose relationship with the CIA spans two decades.  We look at four films - Wag the Dog, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers and The Good Shepherd, the latter three of which have documented ...
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The CIA and George Orwell - The CIA and Hollywood episode 01

The CIA and George Orwell – The CIA and Hollywood episode 01

In this opening episode of the new series Pearse and Tom look into the CIA's adaptations of George Orwell's two most famous novels - Animal Farm and 1984.  We focus primarily on Animal Farm, a revolutionary animated film in several senses of the word, produced by Louis De Rochemont - ...
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The CIA and Hollywood - Season 1 Linkchart

The CIA and Hollywood – Season 1 Linkchart

Later this week Pearse and myself will begin releasing the first season of our show The CIA and Hollywood.  To help you navigate this series and to give you an overview of what we are covering we have put together a linkchart with all the people and films that we ...
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George Orwell MI5 and Special Branch files

George Orwell MI5 and Special Branch files

As with virtually every other 20th century writer of significance, George Orwell was on the books of the intelligence services as a suspected Communist.  His FBI file only contains material from after his death, but MI5 and Special Branch had tabs on him for 15 years before that.  The files ...
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The Interview and the CIA's propaganda balloons

The Interview and the CIA’s propaganda balloons

Today it has been widely reported that South Korean activists have begun sending as many as 100,000 balloons with copies of The Interview into North Korea.  This story was first reported in December last year, only days before the film was formally released, and the tale has been recycled several ...
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Bond screenwriter's MI5 file

Bond screenwriter’s MI5 file

Cyril Wolf Mankowitz was the man who introduced Albert Broccoli to Harry Saltzman - the men who created the James Bond film franchise.  He was also a suspected Communist, in the files of MI5.  Suspicions began in 1944, when he married his wife Ann who was a Community Party member.  ...
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Sony SPECTRE documents: Mexico and the $20 million mystery

Sony SPECTRE documents: Mexico and the $20 million mystery

The new James Bond film SPECTRE is spending money like a drunken sailor on shore leave.  Costs have spiralled well over $300 million, making this the most expensive Bond movie ever and one of the top three most expensive films ever made.  Documents from the Sony hack of last year ...
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DHS Directive on Participation in Films and TV

DHS Directive on Participation in Films and TV

The Department of Homeland Security, like every other branch of the US military-intelligence complex, has an Office of Public Affairs and an entertainment liaison officer.  For the last 11 years that job has been done by Bobbie Faye Ferguson - an actress perhaps best known for being in Dallas - ...
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Budget for FBI and CIA-assisted film Game of Pawns

Budget for FBI and CIA-assisted film Game of Pawns

Glenn Duffie Shriver was an American student in international relations who was recruited by Chinese intelligence while studying in Shanghai.  He went on to apply for jobs with the State Department and then the CIA, before being arrested and eventually pleading guilty to charges of espionage.  His handlers in the ...
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Al Pacino as Leon Panetta?

Al Pacino as Leon Panetta?

On May 3rd 2011, the day after the raid that supposedly killed Osama Bin Laden, CIA director Leon Panetta suggested that Al Pacino should play him in movie versions of the story.  He made the remark during a pre-planned tour of CIA headquarters by 25 new members of congress.  This ...
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