Spy Culture Documents

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

How the Pentagon Rewrote The Core

How the Pentagon Rewrote The Core

2003's The Core is widely regarded as a piece of schlock, but with a sense of humour.  It is certainly one the least realistic films the US military has ever supported, featuring a small craft that drills into the Earth's core so a team of scientists can nuke the core, ...
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What does the CIA's Office of Public Affairs Actually Do?

What does the CIA’s Office of Public Affairs Actually Do?

The CIA's Office of Public Affairs is - ironically - very tight-lipped about what they actually do, so I was pleased that they recently responded to a 3 year old FOIA request and provided me with a document summarising their activities from 2014 to 2016.  This includes numerous meetings with ...
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Dear Rummy...  How Jack Valenti got Permission to be Buried at Arlington National Cemetery

Dear Rummy… How Jack Valenti got Permission to be Buried at Arlington National Cemetery

MPAA President Jack Valenti maintained a long and friendly relationship with various branches of the US government, not least the Department of Defense.  He also harbored lifelong ambitions, including to be buried among America's military heroes at Arlington National Cemetery.  The DOD recently released correspondence between Valenti and then Secretary ...
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How the Pentagon Rewrote Pitch Perfect 3

How the Pentagon Rewrote Pitch Perfect 3

Pitch Perfect 3 appears on the surface to be a family-friendly piece of lighthearted, forgettable entertainment.  But beneath that surface lies a carefully-crafted piece of military PR, aimed at recruiting people the DOD usually finds it hard to attract.  Documents recently released by the US Air Force and the Pentagon ...
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Change 'One Male and One Female' to 'Two Male' - Pentagon Production Notes for Transformers 3

Change ‘One Male and One Female’ to ‘Two Male’ – Pentagon Production Notes for Transformers 3

Going back through some documents released by the Army on the Transformers films I noticed that some of the notes weren't script notes from pre-production, but were production notes from while Transformers: Dark of the Moon was filming.  They show that sometimes the Pentagon continues to rewrite the script while ...
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After Denying They Have Contracts with Hollywood, the US Navy Release Over 500 Pages of Them

After Denying They Have Contracts with Hollywood, the US Navy Release Over 500 Pages of Them

Two and a half  years ago I asked the US Navy for various documents relating to their work with the entertainment industry, including the Production Assistance Agreements they sign with Hollywood producers.  After over a year's delay they responded saying that they don't keep any copies of these contracts.  Following ...
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