Spy Culture Documents

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

Hundreds of Home Office staff are working with Film & TV Producers

Hundreds of Home Office staff are working with Film & TV Producers

Information recently obtained under FOIA has revealed that up to 200 Home Office staff have liaised with TV and Film producers about the content of their products, usually without any kind of contract in place governing their behaviour.  While they are refusing to release exact details, this is confirmation that ...
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Dennis Rodman Kim Jong Un

Operation Rodman: State Dept Cables on Dennis Rodman’s 2013 Visit to North Korea

Dennis Rodman's visit to North Korea in early 2013 sent shock waves through the international media and inspired a CIA-supported Hollywood film about assassinating Kim Jong-Un.  It also drew the attention of the US State Department, who recently released cables about Rodman's trip, though they are highly classified and heavily ...
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The FBI thought the TV show The Untouchables inspired Criminals

The FBI thought the TV show The Untouchables inspired Criminals

The Untouchables TV series (1959-63) was the first of its kind - a police procedural with explicit violence and action.  Up until then most detective stories focused on the investigation, but The Untouchables featured the gunfights and car chases that became staples of the genre by the 1970s.  It was ...
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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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