Posts Tagged ‘Watergate’

ClandesTime 153 - Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

ClandesTime 153 – Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

Mark Felt is a 2017 biopic starring Liam Neeson as FBI Deputy Director Mark Felt, telling the story of his role in becoming a source for the Washington Post's reporting on Watergate. Following on from recent episodes on John Paisley and the Weather Underground, I offer a deconstructive view of ...
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The FBI and the film Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

The FBI and the film Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House is a 2017 biopic of former deputy director Mark Felt a.k.a. Deep Throat.  The FBI were involved with the film early on in its development, which is odd because in many ways the film portrays the Bureau very badly. The ...
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What Connects Jack Valenti, E Howard Hunt and The Godfather?

What Connects Jack Valenti, E Howard Hunt and The Godfather?

On the face of it former CIA officer, Watergate burglar and confessed JFK assassin E Howard Hunt shouldn't have had much to do with former MPAA president Jack Valenti.  They both served in WW2 (Hunt in the OSS, Valenti in the Army Air Forces) and both died in 2007.  They ...
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ClandesTime 099 - Jack Valenti

ClandesTime 099 – Jack Valenti

Jack Valenti was a special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, a consultant to the State Department and the third head of the MPAA.  In this episode we look at his life, focusing in two key areas - the introduction of the film classification ratings system and Valenti's connections with the ...
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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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Watergate etc. - Tom Secker on Porkins Policy Radio

Watergate etc. – Tom Secker on Porkins Policy Radio

Pearse invited me back onto his new radio show to discuss my recent piece on Three Days of the Condor and some of the alternative history of Watergate.  We get into the infamous picture of Robert Redford and Richard Helms and ask why the CIA were monitoring Helms' on set ...
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The CIA Spying On Spy Fiction - Scorpio

The CIA Spying On Spy Fiction – Scorpio

While the CIA have been assisting films such as Scorpio for decades they maintain very few records of their involvement in these productions, making it difficult to know how influential the Agency is in this arena.  A different but somewhat fruitful angle of inquiry is in the CIA's records of ...
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Disinfowars 24 - Did Howard Hunt help to kill JFK?

Disinfowars 24 – Did Howard Hunt help to kill JFK?

Howard Hunt was a CIA operative, a Bay of Pigs veteran, a Watergate conspirator and spy novelist. He also confessed to his involvement in the assassination of JFK, implicating Lyndon Baines Johnson, Cord Meyer and others. However, aside from this one confession in 2003 he had always denied the rumors ...
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