Spy Culture Documents

Files and documents on military, intelligence and other government involvement in and support to the entertainment industry.

The CIA's Tom Clancy File

The CIA’s Tom Clancy File

Just as with James Bond and Ian Fleming, the CIA's CREST database is littered with reference to Tom Clancy.  In preparation for this weekend's podcast I put together a collection of over 100 pages of internal Agency memos and open source records that record Clancy's relationship with the CIA for ...
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That time Margaret Thatcher was briefed about the Sex Pistols

That time Margaret Thatcher was briefed about the Sex Pistols

In 1987, as part of a typical politician's attempts to seem down with the kids, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher did an interview with the pop magazine Smash Hits.  There was just one problem: Thatcher knew absolutely nothing about pop music, or anything even close.  So her advisors drew up ...
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The Pentagon and the Science and Entertainment Exchange

The Pentagon and the Science and Entertainment Exchange

Officially, the Science and Entertainment Exchange (or SEEX) is the outreach program of the National Academy of Sciences - a non-governmental, non-partisan, non-profit honorific body who give awards and the like.  In reality it is a government-funded entertainment liaison office who work closely with the military to help them accomplish ...
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The time Tom Clancy was paid to speak at CIA headquarters - and he gave the money back

The time Tom Clancy was paid to speak at CIA headquarters – and he gave the money back

Tom Clancy was a good friend of US intelligence.  After the publication of his enormously successful Hunt for Red October in 1984, he was repeatedly invited to speak at the CIA, NSA and FBI.  The CIA even paid him a $500 honourarium for his 'performance' for speaking at Langley in ...
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Disney's Frozen vs Climate Change vs the State Department

Disney’s Frozen vs Climate Change vs the State Department

In 2015 Admiral Robert Papp, the State Department's Arctic envoy, spoke multiple times about trying to broker a deal with Disney to use characters from Frozen to promote climate change issues to children.  Recently released State Dept. documents show that negotiations broke down because of conflicts with Disney's corporate messaging, ...
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MI5 file on Sir Kingsley Amis

MI5 file on Sir Kingsley Amis

The latest files to be released by the National Archives include one on Kinsgley Amis - the former novelist and critic who was knighted in 1990.  Amis was a member of the Communist party while at Oxford university in June 1941, though he renounced Marxism in 1956-7.  MI5's monitoring of ...
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