Spy Culture Documents

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

Cultural Protectionism?  The 2012 China-Hollywood Agreement

Cultural Protectionism? The 2012 China-Hollywood Agreement

In 1994 the Chinese government first allowed Hollywood films to be distributed within the country.  Since then the US and China have been in a near-constant state of negotiations over import quotas, profit sharing and market access.  In 2007 the US brought a case before the World Trade Organisation, arguing ...
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The Pentagon's China Syndrome

The Pentagon’s China Syndrome

While some senior military officials have spoken openly about the possibility of a war between the US and China, the entertainment liaison offices appear to be working to ensure that doesn't happen.  Perhaps surprisingly, they have refused to support films, TV shows and video games where China is the adversary ...
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How the Pentagon Helped Hollywood Launder the Nazis' Reputation

How the Pentagon Helped Hollywood Launder the Nazis’ Reputation

Four years ago, scholar Ben Urwand revealed how the Nazis' man in Hollywood Georg Gyssling censored and rewrote film scripts to remove scenes and dialogue that criticised the Nazi regime.  He also repeatedly removed references to the suffering of Jews in post-WW1 Germany.  Hidden until now, the DOD continued this ...
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Why Does the US Army have a Collection of Nazi Art?

Why Does the US Army have a Collection of Nazi Art?

The latest release from the US Army's entertainment liaison office provokes many questions.  Why did they refuse to support the movie Rampage?  Why are the military pitching ideas to studio executives?  Who is in charge of the Pentagon's operations in Hollywood?  And why does the US Army have a collection ...
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After Claiming They Couldn't Find It, FBI Release Sam Greenlee File That's More Redacted than National Archives Version

After Claiming They Couldn’t Find It, FBI Release Sam Greenlee File That’s More Redacted than National Archives Version

The FBI got back to me recently with a response to my request on The Spook Who Sat by the Door, including a few pages from Sam Greenlee's FBI file, which they'd previously claimed they could not find.  Amusingly, the version of this file released to my by the National ...
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The US Army rejected Wife Swap because of ‘60s era connotations’

The US Army rejected Wife Swap because of ‘60s era connotations’

The US Army's entertainment liaison office has worked on as wide a variety of TV entertainment as you can imagine, from Oprah to Top Chef, from The Price is Right to Man of Steel.  But they do sometimes reject requests for support, as was the case with Wife Swap which ...
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