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ClandesTime 128 – The FBI in Hollywood - Spy Culture

Of all the US intelligence agencies, the FBI has the longest-running relationship with Hollywood. From spying on A-listers as to helping blacklist screenwriters, through to manipulating scripts for PR and propaganda purposes, the Bureau’s influence on Tinseltown is very broad.

The FBI’s Entertainment Liaison Office - Spy Culture

Newly released documents shed light on the FBI's entertainment liaison office - officially titled the Investigative Publicity and Public Affairs Unit (IPPAU), including how they work on dozens of popular films and TV shows, and reject requests for support for PR reasons, just like the Pentagon.

ClandesTime 127 – Arthur Ransome (and Swallows and Amazons) - Spy Culture

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.

Gladio Revisited: State Sponsored Terrorism in the Mono-Polar World Order - Spy Culture

November 22nd is the 27th anniversary of a European Parliament resolution condemning Operation Gladio. For decades, secret armies in over a dozen NATO countries carried out terrorist attacks to influence the political landscape and manipulate elections.

Have the CIA relaxed their rules about filming Langley? - Spy Culture

In last weekend's ClandesTime I discussed how the CIA no longer allow film-makers to shoot footage of the CIA headquarters, leading the producers of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation to re-use old footage of Langley, but it appears they may have relaxed this rule and are now allowin

ClandesTime 123 – Buster Crabb - Spy Culture

Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb, OBE, was a Royal Navy frogman and MI6 diver who disappeared while on an underwater spying mission in April 1956. For three quarters of a century the story around Crabb has remained a mystery – was he killed by the Soviets, whose ship he was spying on? Did he defect and assume a new identity?

ClandesTime 122 – The Fake Sheikh and Red Mercury - Spy Culture

In 2004 three men were arrested in the UK for trying to buy red mercury – a trigger for a nuclear bomb – from an undercover journalist working with British intelligence. This plot inspired multiple films and TV programmes and the resulting trial cost over £1 million.

‘Do Not Discuss Politics on the Base’ – Air Force documents on Hollywood Civic Leader Tour - Spy Culture

Just prior to the 2016 Presidential Election the US Air Force took several dozen Hollywood figures on a Civic Leader Tour of military facilities in Alaska, as part of their ongoing attempts to gain friends and influence in Tinseltown.

ClandesTime 117 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The 9/11 Intelligence ‘Failure’ - Spy Culture

The run-up to 9/11 was not a high point in the history of Western counter-terrorism. Whoever was ultimately responsible, the multi-trillion dollar NATO military-intelligence structure failed to stop them.

ClandesTime 116 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Embassy Bombings - Spy Culture

On August 7th 1998 two almost identical truck bombs exploded outside the US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In this episode we look at the embassy bombings, their genesis and consequences.