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Hundreds of Home Office staff are working with Film & TV Producers - Spy Culture

Information recently obtained under FOIA has revealed that up to 200 Home Office staff have liaised with TV and Film producers about the content of their products, usually without any kind of contract in place governing thei

Trump’s Movie Trailer for Kim Summit Exposes Hypocrisy of Entertainment Propaganda - Spy Culture

The entertainment highlight of the Trump-Kim negotiations is, undoubtedly, the fake movie trailer the White House showed to North Korean officials and displayed before Trump's press conference in Singapore.

Salisbury, Skripals & Syrian Airstrikes – Tom Secker on Media Roots - Spy Culture

I recently joined Robbie Martin of Media Roots to discussion the Salisbury poisoning, the Skripals, the Syrian airstrikes and the general state of politics and Russophobia.  We covered many of the reasons to be sceptical of the official s

ClandesTime 137 – Rorschach Politics: Russiagate - Spy Culture

Russiagate has become both the gift that keeps on giving and the scandal that will not die. This week we take a look at the allegations, the perceptions and the misconceptions, examining how the ‘fake news’ crisis grew out of the claim that the Russian government hacked the 2016 US presidential election.

National Security Cinema – Tom Secker on the Rory O’Connor Podcast - Spy Culture

I was recently invited onto the Rory O'Connor podcast to talk about National Security Cinema, the research methods we employed to get the information and documents, and the difference between the DOD and the CIA's approaches to Hollywood.(

National Security Cinema – Tom Secker on The Dangerous History Podcast - Spy Culture

Professor CJ invited me onto his Dangerous History Podcast recently to discuss the research behind National Security Cinema, what we found, and what it means.

SHOCKING Proof: Government Control in Hollywood – Tom Secker on the WideShut Webcast - Spy Culture

Keelan Balderson invited me back onto the WideShut Webcast to chat about the research that went into National Security Cinema, as well as the response and reception the book has enjoyed.  We get quite deeply into the notion t

Homeland Season 7 Episode 1 – Tom Secker on PPR - Spy Culture

Continuing our long-running commentary, Pearse invited me back onto Porkins Policy Radio to talk about the first episode of the new season of Homeland.  For the first time in several seasons Homeland maintained the storyline from the previous season rather than rebooting the sho

ClandesTime 133 – Was the Unabomber Right? - Spy Culture

Ted Kaczynski is most famous for both being the most prolific serial bomber in US history and for writing the Unabomber Manifesto – a political-philosophical tract that was published by major newspapers and by the FBI.

The Science and Entertainment Exchange – Tom Secker on PPR - Spy Culture

Pearse invited me back onto Porkins Policy Radio to chat about my research into the little-known Science and Entertainment Exchange.  We discussed how SEEX got started, their stated mission and aims and how they contrast sharply with what SEEX actually does, their ability to influence scr

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

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.

Do GCHQ name all of their Cyberwarfare Operations after Pop Culture? - Spy Culture

Leaked documents from JTRIG (the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group) show that GCHQ's operations are not only bigger, more invasive and more manipulative than previously realised, but also that they name their tools and techniques after films, TV shows and even ge

ClandesTime 131 – The Science and Entertainment Exchange - Spy Culture

The Science and Entertainment Exchange (or SEEX) has consulted on over 1300 films and TV shows in less than 10 years, but outside of Hollywood few people know who they are and what they do. This week we pull back the curtain to look at their activities and their agenda.

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

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 fo

ClandesTime 130 – Fake News and the Postmodern Condition - Spy Culture

What is fake news? Where did it come from and why is it so profitable? In this week’s episode I consider whether fake news is a new thing, or simply a newly-popular name for methods of deceit that have existed for centuries.

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.