Posts Tagged ‘John le Carré’

Spies, Washington and Hollywood - Tom on Gorilla Radio

Spies, Washington and Hollywood – Tom on Gorilla Radio

Chris Cook invited me back on Gorilla Radio to continue our conversation on all things spy-related.  We talked about some of the differences between the British and American intelligence agencies, the role John Le Carré plays in the British spy fiction landscape, the new film American Made and how to ...
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NSA Report on John le Carré Novels

NSA Report on John le Carré Novels

Recently made available by Cryptome this NSA report originally appeared in an issue of their publication Cryptolog in 1992.  It examines the role that signals intelligence (SIGINT) plays in the storylines of several John le Carré novels and considers whether the inaccuracies and limitations in these portrayals are of benefit ...
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ClandesTime 035 - Topaz

ClandesTime 035 – Topaz

In this episode we look at the Leon Uris book and Alfred Hitchcock film Topaz as a possible example of CIA propaganda.  I outline the story told in both the novel and the film, and how most of the characters are based on real spies involved in the Sapphire scandal ...
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MI5 file on the man who inspired George Smiley

MI5 file on the man who inspired George Smiley

Recently released MI5 files at the British National Archives include one on Mary Marita Margaret Perigoe, the wife of a member of Oswald Moseley's Union of British Fascists.  She was one of a group of six suspected Gestapo agents who MI5 monitored during and after WW2.  The six targets and their ...
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Patrick Stewart's Visit to CIA HQ

Patrick Stewart’s Visit to CIA HQ

In 1997 actor Patrick Stewart paid a visit to CIA headquarters in Langley.  The edition of What's News at CIA begins with a quote from Stewart saying, 'I'm honored to be here and I commend what you do.'  The publication goes on to note how Stewart played Karla in a ...
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