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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.

National Security Cinema – Tom Secker on Geopolitics and Empire - Spy Culture

Hrvoje Moric invited me onto his podcast Geopolitics and Empire to talk about our new book National Security Cinema.  We get into the difficulties of researching this topic, how Matt and I managed to break through the veil of secrecy to make public this information abou

The US Army’s Very Friendly Relationship with Warner Bros. - Spy Culture

Newly-released reports from the US Army's entertainment liaison office show that they maintain a close and friendly relationship with Warner Bros., enabling them to get involved at early stages of major films and wield considerable influence over their content.

The CIA, Bohemian Grove, Tom Clancy and the Fake Moustache - Spy Culture

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.

ClandesTime 113 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Destruction of Yugoslavia - Spy Culture

The conventional explanation of how Yugoslavia 'fell apart' is that ethnic and religious tensions led to civil wars, necessitating the breakup of the country into a series of smaller states.

Schrödinger’s Hack: The NSA’s Report on Russia Hacking the US Election - Spy Culture

The Intercept recently published a leaked NSA report describing a cyberattack presumed to be carried out by Russia military intelligence. While many have seen this as the confirming proof that Trump only got elected because of Putin the truth is a lot more complicated.