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ClandesTime 004 – Conspiracy Theories: The Bolshevik Revolution

The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 has long been the focus for conspiracy theories both grand and small. In this episode I look at the background to the revolution, what led up to it and its aftermath. I analyse Anthony Sutton's book Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution and look at ...
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The CIA's TV show that never aired

The CIA’s TV show that never aired

In the spring of 1994 then Director of Central Intelligence James Woolsey launched a project aimed at co-producing a TV series The Classified Files of the CIA.  The company Television Production Partners (TPP) were chosen to do the heavy lifting, but the CIA would vet the scripts and give their approval ...
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ClandesTime 003 – Massacre in Kenya

The attack by Al Shabaab militants on the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi, Kenya, left scores of people dead from over a dozen countries.  This episode of the podcast looks at the origins of Al Shabaab, its characteristics and offers a considered view of what is driving this dangerous, murderous ...
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MI5 and the Magicians

MI5 and the Magicians

The story of the relationship between intelligence agencies and illusionists in the entertainment industry is a long one.  It goes back at least to the beginning of the century, and the friendship between the escapologist Harry Houdini and the man who would help found MI5, William Melville. The story goes: ...
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ClandesTime 002 – The Woolwich Murder and the Ukraine Connection

This edition of the podcast looks at the 'Woolwich murder', the killing of British soldier Lee Rigby in May this year. I discuss the context of this murder as well as an associated killing three weeks earlier that got very little press attention. I detail how the alleged culprits of ...
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ClandesTime 001 – Who Watches the Watchmen?

In this first episode of my new podcast series I look at the age old question Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?, usually translated as Who Watches the Watchmen.  I examine how the question has been subverted by the modern spy thriller series Spooks and the failings of the intelligence oversight body ...
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CIA files on Uri Geller

Renowned spoon-bender and remote viewer Uri Geller was, alongside his stage and TV career, one of the world's weirdest spies.  From the 1970s until at least the 1990s he participated in a series of experiments at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) aimed at testing and potentially weaponising 'psychic' abilities.  While ...
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FBI informants committed over 5600 crimes in one year

FBI informants committed over 5600 crimes in one year

A recently obtained report covering the year 2011 shows that FBI informants carried out 5658 acts of 'Otherwise Illegal Activity' (OIA) that were pre-approved by their Bureau handlers. All the detail in the report, such as which field offices approved how many acts of OIA, are redacted. However, the DOJ ...
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The Lee Harvey Oswald – Ian Fleming connection

As legend has it the night before the John F Kennedy assassination both Lee Harvey Oswald and JFK were reading spy novels by Ian Fleming.  It's certainly within the realms of possibility.  What we do know from the FBI's files on Oswald is that two of Fleming's James Bond novels ...
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The Fresh Prince and the CIA

Another edition of What's News at CIA records how in early 1998 during the filming of Enemy of the State the film's producer Chad Oman and its star Will Smith visited CIA headquarters.  The in house magazine notes that 'Smith observed that "it was neat to see how this imagery really ...
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