Spy Culture Documents

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

When RFK Invoked James Bond While Trying to Kill Castro

When RFK Invoked James Bond While Trying to Kill Castro

Newly released documents in the JFK files have cast fresh light on the CIA's plots to kill Fidel Castro.  One interview with William Harvey - known as 'America's James Bond', reveals that Robert Kennedy invoked 007 while trying to urge the Agency forward in its anti-Castro operations. William King Harvey ...
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The King, the starlet and the CIA's fixer in Hollywood

The King, the starlet and the CIA’s fixer in Hollywood

A recently released document from the JFK files has confirmed an old rumour: that the CIA helped arrange the affair between actress Susan Cabot and King Hussein of Jordan.  The memo records how the man directly involved was the CIA's on-the-ground fixer in Hollywood, Robert Maheu. The Affair Cabot was ...
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Do GCHQ name all of their Cyberwarfare Operations after Pop Culture?

Do GCHQ name all of their Cyberwarfare Operations after Pop Culture?

Leaked documents from JTRIG (the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group) show that GCHQ's operations are not only bigger, more invasive and more manipulative than previously realised, but also that they name their tools and techniques after films, TV shows and even genres of music. A recent article by Tom Coburg ...
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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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