Posts Tagged ‘spy books’

ClandesTime 140 - How the CIA Censored The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence

ClandesTime 140 – How the CIA Censored The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence

In 1974 former CIA officer Victor Marchetti and former State Department official John Marks published their book The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence. This week I examine a file in the JFK archives that details what the CIA censored from the book, and why. I look at several categories ...
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ClandesTime 132 - The Secret World of Tom Clancy Part III: US Intelligence

ClandesTime 132 – The Secret World of Tom Clancy Part III: US Intelligence

Aside from Ian Fleming, there is no more influential spy author than Tom Clancy. Clancy’s books (and the films and computer games based on them) benefited from his close contact with the US government. This week we shed light on his relationships with the CIA and the NSA, and ask ...
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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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The time Tom Clancy was paid to speak at CIA headquarters - and he gave the money back

The time Tom Clancy was paid to speak at CIA headquarters – and he gave the money back

Tom Clancy was a good friend of US intelligence.  After the publication of his enormously successful Hunt for Red October in 1984, he was repeatedly invited to speak at the CIA, NSA and FBI.  The CIA even paid him a $500 honourarium for his 'performance' for speaking at Langley in ...
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MI5 file on Sir Kingsley Amis

MI5 file on Sir Kingsley Amis

The latest files to be released by the National Archives include one on Kinsgley Amis - the former novelist and critic who was knighted in 1990.  Amis was a member of the Communist party while at Oxford university in June 1941, though he renounced Marxism in 1956-7.  MI5's monitoring of ...
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ClandesTime 127 - Arthur Ransome (and Swallows and Amazons)

ClandesTime 127 – Arthur Ransome (and Swallows and Amazons)

Arthur Ransome was a well-known children’s author, best known for his series of adventure books beginning with Swallows and Amazons. He was also close friends with the Bolshevik leadership and married Trotsky’s secretary. Meanwhile, he was spying for British intelligence, and being spied on by British intelligence as a suspected ...
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Alfred Hitchcock and the CIA's First Big Mistake in Hollywood

Alfred Hitchcock and the CIA’s First Big Mistake in Hollywood

Following their on-screen debut in the James Bond movies, and their quiet support for Thunderball, the CIA under Richards Helms adopted a more pro-active approach to Hollywood.  They began spying on movie scripts depicting the CIA and considering requests from film-makers for official support.  One project that they rejected was ...
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The CIA, Bohemian Grove, Tom Clancy (and the Fake Moustache)

The CIA, Bohemian Grove, Tom Clancy (and the Fake Moustache)

In 1988 CIA director William Webster attended the Bohemian Grove, where he gave a lakeside talk about intelligence matters.  His speech, now available to the public for the first time, is both amusing and at times shocking.  From Tom Clancy to a voyeuristic child who wanted to join the Agency, ...
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