AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #20-15 dated 19 May 2015

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The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda
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Professor Kristie Macrakis, an AFIO member and Harvard alum who teaches history at Georgia Tech, specializes in the history of espionage -- the hidden history of history -- and speaks at this kick-off event with the new AFIO Atlanta Chapter about Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda, her recent book which presents a fascinating cat-and-mouse game between spies who conceal their reports in plain sight and counterintelligence agents trying to intercept and detect them—and the clever methods employed.
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US Commandos Kill Top IS Leader in Syria Raid. US commandos killed a senior Islamic State group leader in a nighttime raid into Syria, American officials said, as IS jihadists tried to seize the northern part of Syria's ancient desert city of Palmyra.

Across the border, IS battled Iraqi army reinforcements in the strategic western city of Ramadi, while Turkey said its armed forces had shot down a Syrian helicopter that had violated its airspace.

US President Barack Obama approved the special forces raid on Al-Omar in east Syria on Friday night to capture senior IS leader Abu Sayyaf and his wife Umm Sayyaf, the government said.

The bold operation, with elite commandos striking at IS's inner circle, was a rare use of "boots on the ground" by the United States, which has fought the jihadists almost entirely from the air. [Read more: Gebeily/AFP/17May2015]

Benghazi Prompts CIA to Look at Expanding Survivor Benefits. The family of a CIA operative killed in the 2012 attack on a US diplomatic facility in Libya is in talks with the spy agency to expand survivor benefits for relatives of contractors who die in the line of duty.

The negotiations are aimed in part at resolving a lawsuit against the CIA and the State Department brought by the mother of Glen Doherty, a former Navy SEAL and CIA contractor who died in a mortar attack while defending the agency's building. He was one of four Americans killed in Benghazi, including US Ambassador Chris Stevens, after militants stormed a US diplomatic post on the night of Sept. 11, 2012.

Doherty, 42, was divorced and had no children. His parents were not entitled to annual payments under a standard federal insurance policy he held that pays a survivor benefit only to spouses and dependents.

Tyrone Woods, the other CIA contractor who died in the mortar attack, was married with a young child, and he had two children from a previous marriage. [Read more: Dilanian&Daly/AP/13May2015]

Ex-Egyptian Leader Morsi Sentenced to Death for Conspiring in Jailbreak. A Cairo court sentenced ousted president Mohamed Morsi to death Saturday on charges of conspiring with foreign militants to break out of prison during Egypt's uprising four years ago.

The verdict, which can be appealed, marks a stunning blow to the pro-democracy revolt that saw thousands of Egyptians rise up against an increasingly corrupt police state.

Security forces had arrested Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, during the 18-day rebellion in 2011, and he escaped from prison several days later. He was then elected president in the country's first free and fair democratic elections in 2012, before Egypt's military ousted the Islamist leader in a dramatic coup a year later.

Saturday's verdict appeared to criminalize the events of the 2011 uprising against the regime of Hosni Mubarak, alleging that Morsi and fellow Islamists conspired with Hamas and Hezbollah operatives to escape incarceration and stage a violent revolt against the state. [Read more: Cunningham/WashingtonPost/16May2015]

Air Force Trims Drone Ops to Get Workforce 'Healthy'. The service is dropping five of its 65 combat air patrols so its overtaxed pilots and intelligence operators can catch their breath.

After spending much of the past decade racing to build up a cadre of drone pilots and aircraft, the Air Force is temporarily reducing the number of unmanned aircraft missions it flies. It's not because demand is slacking off - UAVs remain in high demand in Iraq, where they search for Islamic State hideouts - but because the intense pace has pushed airmen to the breaking point.

On April 1, the service began reducing the number of combat air patrols it maintains from 65 to 60. This letup will help position this overtaxed arm of the Air Force for its next decade, service officials say.

"We've been able to come down off of 65 to help get the community and the enterprise healthy for that long-term sustainment that we want to be able to do," said Col. James Cluff, who commands the 432nd Wing and 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing. Both wings operate out of Creech Air Force Base, the home of Air Force's drone operations. [Read more: Weisgerber/DefenseOne/18May2015]

Christie Wants to Grow Military, Invest in Intelligence. Gov. Christie called for bolstering the military and American intelligence efforts as he laid out a foreign policy agenda Monday in his third trip this month to the early presidential primary state of New Hampshire.

Warning of threats posed by Iran, Russia, and "the sinister black flag of ISIS," the Republican governor sought to draw a contrast with President Obama, accusing the Democratic president of failing to articulate clear policies abroad and worsening relationships with allies.

"His unwillingness to stand behind his own words has made America weaker and less reliable in the world," Christie said. "He has damaged the credibility of the American presidency."

Christie also took a hard line in favor of government intelligence gathering while touting his experience using the Patriot Act as US attorney for New Jersey. [Read more: Hanna/TheInquirer/19May2015]

Death Threat, FBI Complaint Greet Launch of Intelligence Community Database. A project that harvested the LinkedIn resumes of 27,000 people in the global intelligence community has been greeted by the threat of lawsuits, a complaint to the FBI, and even a death threat.

Transparency Toolkit's M. C. McGrath says while there hasn't yet been any official response to the open-source intelligence project, called ICWatch, there has been individual push-back. In addition to the threats, there have been some angry phone calls.

Open-source intelligence, referred to as OSINT in intelligence circles, exploits publicly available data to reveal new information. In the case of ICWatch, the aim is to "watch the watchers".

McGrath says several people have asked to be removed from ICWatch, but as the data was already made publicly available, the group's policy is not to delete them. [Read more: O'Neill/ZDNet/19May2015]

Pakistan Army Says Agreement Reached With Afghanistan to Share Intelligence. Pakistan's military says the spy agencies of Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan have signed an agreement to share intelligence and carry out "coordinated intelligence operations."

Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa said in a Twitter post late Monday that the Memoranda of Understanding was signed between Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence and Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security. He did not say when the accord was signed.

However, the announcement from Islamabad came days after Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, along with the country's army chief and head of the ISI, visited Kabul to step up cooperation in the fight against militants.

Pakistan and Afghanistan have long accused each other of sheltering militants, but relations between them have improved since Afghan President Ashraf Ghani assumed power last year. [AP/19May2015]

Military Intel Predicted Rise of ISIS in 2012, Detailed Arms Shipments From Benghazi to Syria. Seventeen months before President Obama dismissed the Islamic State as a "JV team," a Defense Intelligence Agency report predicted the rise of the terror group and likely establishment of a caliphate if its momentum was not reversed. 

While the report was circulated to the CIA, State Department and senior military leaders, among others, it's not known whether Obama was ever briefed on the document. 

The DIA report, which was reviewed by Fox News, was obtained through a federal lawsuit by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch. Documents from the lawsuit also reveal a host of new details about events leading up to the 2012 Benghazi terror attack - and how the movement of weapons from Libya to Syria fueled the violence there. 

The report on the growing threat posed by what is now known as the Islamic State was sent on Aug. 5, 2012. [Read more: Herridge/FoxNews/18May2015]

Two Stars Added to CIA Memorial Wall Honoring Fallen Covert Officers This Past Year. The CIA held its annual Memorial ceremony to acknowledge covert officers who have fallen in the line of duty and are remembered by stars on a Memorial Wall in the lobby of the CIA's headquarters building. 

At Monday's ceremony, the CIA said two additional stars were added to the Memorial Wall this year, meaning two CIA officers died in the line of duty. 

Their identities are not disclosed, because they remain classified. 

"For as long as this Agency endures, we will never shy away from the risks that must be taken to protect America and to further freedom's cause," CIA Director John O. Brennan said. "Today, we pay tribute to our heroes who accepted those risks and placed themselves in harm's way, expecting neither praise nor fame in return." [Read more: ABCRadio/18May2015]

Yordan Bakalov Takes Over Bulgaria's Military Intelligence Service. Bulgarian Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev announced on Tuesday he has appointed Yordan Bakalov, a former interim Interior Minister, as head of the Defense Information Service.

Yordan Bakalov, who has also been an MP in several Bulgarian legislatures throughout the years, has "exceptional" moral qualities and is well-prepared to do the job, the minister has said.

In March, Nenchev dismissed Veselin Ivanov, Bakalov's predecessor, citing failure to reach consensus on the service's development and the need to boost interoperability with NATO. Days later, unconfirmed reports (later denied by the minister himself) suggested Bakalov would take over.

Nenchev, alongside other ministers, has often been accused by political opponents of pursuing "political purges" at key institutions [SofiaNewsAgency/19May2015]

Germany's Spy Chief Defends US Cooperation Pact. The head of Germany's inland intelligence agency said Wednesday there is no evidence US spies are monitoring German companies for their industrial secrets, seeking to calm fears that German companies' industrial prowess is a target for US snoops.

Instead, China and Russia are the most avid intelligence gatherers in Germany, Hans-Georg Maassen, head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency, said, calling these countries "aggressors" and cautioning against discrediting Germany's close relationship with the US over spying suspicions. 

"We have no evidence up to now that US intelligence agencies spy on German companies nor that they carry out industrial espionage at all," Mr. Maassen said at a conference. "The Americans were, are, and remain a very important partner for us," he added.

Fears of economic espionage - governments stealing companies' know-how to pass on to domestic competitors - have been fanned in recent weeks following media reports suggesting Germany's foreign intelligence service, known as the BND, eavesdropped on European companies and other targets as part of an intelligence-sharing agreement with the US National Security Agency. The VDI association of German Engineers estimates economic espionage costs Germany Eur60 billion to Eur70 billion ($67.3 billion to $78.5 billion) a year. [Read more: Tory&Lange/WallStreetJournal/13May2015]

Burundi Ex-Intelligence Chief Announces Coup After Protests. Burundi's former head of intelligence announced he has seized power after more than two weeks of protests sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza's plan to seek re-election.

"Burundian President Nkurunziza is no longer president," Major-General Godefroid Niyombare said in a broadcast on state radio in the capital, Bujumbura, on Wednesday. "We call on political leaders to come together and rethink how the country can be governed and how elections can be organized soon."

Nkurunziza's office said the situation in the country was under control. "There is no coup in Burundi," the office said in a statement on its Twitter account. Nkurunziza is currently in neighboring Tanzania to attend a regional summit convened to discuss the crisis in his nation. 

Unrest in Burundi is stoking fears of a return to conflict if rebel groups abandon agreements that ended a civil war 10 years ago between ethnic Hutus and Tutsis that left 300,000 people dead. It also has the potential to destabilize the Great Lakes region that includes the Democratic Republic of Congo, the world's biggest source of cobalt and Africa's top copper producer. [Read more: Nimubona/Bloomberg/13May2015]


Intelligence World Unclassified. "When somebody asks what we do, I say 'Have you seen the James Bond movies? Well, it's nothing like that'," said 1st Lt. Carmella Burruss, 22nd OSS officer in charge of intelligence operations.

The intelligence community might spend most of the time gathering information behind closed doors, but they are on the front lines of knowledge.

The 22nd Operations Support Squadron intelligence shop has two main functions at this base. The first is to support the aircraft and aircrews.

"We're here as threat analysts to keep the KC-135 Stratotankers safe," said Burruss. "It's our number one goal to understand the environment our airplanes are flying in and see how we can help the mission planners mitigate the threats to the aircraft." [Read more: BernalDelAqua/DVIDS/15May2015]

WATCH: How the CIA Helped Make Zero Dark Thirty. When Zero Dark Thirty premiered in 2012, the Hollywood film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden became a blockbuster hit.

Behind the scenes, the CIA secretly worked with the filmmakers, and the movie portrayed the agency's controversial "enhanced interrogation techniques" - widely described as torture - as a key to uncovering information that led to the finding and killing of bin Laden.

But in Secrets, Politics and Torture, premiering this Tuesday, May 19 on PBS, FRONTLINE reveals the many challenges to that narrative, and the inside story of how it came to be.

The documentary unspools the dueling versions of history laid out by the CIA, which maintains that its now officially-shuttered program was effective in combating terrorism, and the massive Senate torture report released in December 2014, which found that the program was brutal, mismanaged and - most importantly - didn't work. [Read more: Taddonio/PBS/15May2015]

Thaddeus Phillips' Barry Seal at FringeArts is a Dotty Documentary. A work of bizarro genius, The Incredibly Dangerous Astonishing Lucrative and Potentially True Adventures of Barry Seal, at FringeArts only through Saturday, is not to be missed. Thaddeus Phillips gives us a brilliant, hilarious theater installation/conspiracy theory/telenovela/true-life drama about the titular drug smuggler and CIA informant.

If you look up Barry Seal, you'll discover that not only was he a real person, but also that there are conflicting theories about his death. Was he assassinated in his native Louisiana in 1986 by Colombia's Medell�n drug cartel after he helped the CIA with a drug sting against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua? Or by the CIA, then knee-deep in the Iran-Contra scandal?

None of this is the point of Phillips' play. Rather, the point is the wild and adventurous life, not the death, of this wheeler-dealer who recites Goodnight Moon to his kids on the phone. As Phillips plays him, Seal may be the most endearing drug smuggler/CIA informant you've ever met.

Decked out in aviator sunglasses and a sleazy suit, Seal has been sentenced to six months of community service for money-laundering and drug smuggling and stuck in a Salvation Army dorm in Baton Rouge. He shares a room with a pathetic guy (played by Mario Cotto, who also DJs the show's soundscape) who is a Kennedy assassination conspiracy theorist and who lives in his bathrobe and high-top sneakers. [Read more: Zinman/TheInquirer/16May2015]

The Army's All-Women Special Ops Teams Show Us How We'll Win Tomorrow's Wars. In the early hours of a fall pre-dawn night, Lt. Treadmont - an Army intelligence officer who'd also deployed to Bosnia years earlier as a 19-year-old enlisted soldier - clambered up a mountain in eastern Afghanistan, part of a platoon crossing a dense grove of trees that blocked nearly all moonlight. The Afghan terrain typically resembled a moonscape, but tonight the sightline was obscured by vegetation, complicating the night's mission.

Eventually they reached a tiny village where the men of 75th Ranger Regiment were at work seeking the weapons and insurgent who was the target of their mission. The Rangers' translator summoned the men of one house to come out, and in a matter of minutes the soldiers queried them in hopes of identifying the man they wanted and locating the weapons they suspected.

Then Treadmont heard the Rangers' call over the radio. "CST, get over here."

On arrival, the lieutenant removed her helmet to reveal long hair, tied back in two braids, and show that beneath all the gear - night vision devices, M4 assault rifle and M9 pistol - she was a woman: Amber Treadmont (whose name has been changed here and in my book, Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield, to protect her identity). Her Cultural Support Team, or "CST," an innocuous name for a groundbreaking concept, was born of a battlefield imperative - gathering intelligence from Afghanistan's women. [Read more: Lemmon/WashingtonPost/19May2015]

Israel Remembers Its Most Daring Spy. 50 years ago, Eli Cohen, aka Kamal Amin Ta'abet, was hanged in a public square in Damascus, after a five-month trial and harsh interrogation and torture; efforts to bring his remains back to Israel have been in vain.

He provided an abundance of vital intelligence that assisted the country in the war against its enemies; and this month marked 50 years (according to the Hebrew calendar) since the execution in Damascus of legendary Israeli spy Eli Cohen. All the efforts to bring his remains back to Israel for burial have come to naught thus far.

Born in Egypt, Cohen moved to Israel at the age of 33 and settled in Bat Yam, where he worked as a translator and subsequently married Nadia, an Iraqi immigrant. In May 1960, he was recruited by Unit 188, Military Intelligence's operational unit, trained as a spy and then sent to Argentina, where he took on a false identity - that of Kamal Amin Ta'abet, an exiled Syrian businessman. 

Two years later, he moved to Damascus, rented an apartment nearby the Syrian Army's general headquarters, and soon forged close ties with senior Syrian military and government officials. [Read more: Elizera/Ynet/15May2015]


Surveillance Without Borders. Right after Islamist militants attacked Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery in January, leaving 17 people dead, we swore we would not fall into the surveillance trap. The few voices in France clamoring for a security overhaul were drowned out by the "we are not afraid" slogans of crowds rallying in defense of free speech. Journalists, lawyers and politicians reminded everyone of the excesses of America's Patriot Act. This was not the road France would take.

Yet four months later, on May 5, the lower house of Parliament passed a bill giving the nation's intelligence services sweeping surveillance powers, including the massive collection and analysis of metadata. Next month the bill will go to the Senate, and the measure's sponsors are confident it will become law by July.

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire by June 1. But the mood is already shifting: On Wednesday, the House approved a bill changing the Patriot Act to prohibit the government's mass collection of Americans' phone records. This follows a May 7 ruling by a federal appeals court in New York that the National Security Agency's collection of such data is illegal. These steps come just two years after Edward J. Snowden revealed the giant secret surveillance program to the world.

The irony of the new French mind-set has not been lost on some US liberals, while hawks have seized on the French bill to try to bolster their case for continued mass surveillance. But when American right-wing commentators praise the French, we know something's fishy. [Read more: Kauffmann/NYTimes/17May2015]

Jihad Without Borders: There Are No Foreign Fighters. For years there have been news reports addressing the presence of thousands of foreign fighters engaged in various battles. Promulgated by official sources citing those figures from al Qaeda and ISIS actions Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and countries in northern Africa, the media obligingly carry forth this misconception. At the heart of the matter is a fundamental lack of understanding of contemporary conflict. One major problem is the definition of what constitutes war.

Over the last half century the word war has been terribly abused. Officially war is a state of armed conflict between autonomous organizations, such as nation-states or coalitions of such organizations. It is generally characterized by extreme collective aggression, destruction, and usually high mortality. Broadly used as a metaphor, currently war can refer to any physical, psychological or even contextual conflict. Examples range from the ill-conceived war on drugs to wars on obesity, poverty, women, a variety of diseases, and host of other inconveniences. Post 9/11 the US announced a Global War on Terror while seemingly failing to acknowledgement that terror was a means to an end, not an objective that could be defeated. The advent of the all-volunteer military forces of the US has distanced and shielded the American public in general from active, integral involvement in any of our conflicts of the past half century. Lost in the discussion is the notion of wars of national survival such as was experienced in World War II. Also conflated was the notion that wars were about killing as opposed to imposition of will upon an adversary.

The conventional use of the term foreign fighters refers to any person who comes to an area in conflict from outside the geographic boundaries of the fighting and in which they were not native born. Notably the term is only used as a designation of enemy combatants and does not apply to US/UN/NATO or other coalition fighters even though they were not born there either.

Unfortunately this American-dominant view of what constitutes war, as regarding armed conflict, is based on an anachronistic idea in which combatants were born in a specific geographic area and thus have innate allegiance to that country. This emotionally based concept has engendered wide-spread support with most citizens of the heterogeneously constructed society in the United States. That is somewhat incongruent since except for Native Americans, the vast majority of the current population immigrated here at some point in the last two hundred or so years. Though not often willing arrivals, today even most African Americans consider the US to be their national origin. Totally ingrained in the public psyche, the notions of American values and loyalty, as if unambiguous, are cornerstones of political rhetoric. [Read more: Alexander/TheWorldPost/14May2015]

Intelligence Officials' Unpersuasive Response to the NYT's Identification of Three Undercover CIA Officers. The New York Times identified three undercover senior CIA officials in an April 25 story by Mark Mazzetti and Matt Apuzzo about oversight of the CIA's lethal drone operations. ODNI General Counsel Bob Litt and twenty former CIA officials, all of whom I admire, argue that the Times was wrong to do so. Their arguments taken together are that (1) the officers identities are "protected by statute," (2) identifying the officers exposes them, their families, and their contacts to risk of violence, and (3) outing the officers was gratuitous and served no news or legitimate accountability function. I have thought a lot about these arguments and am unpersuaded by them. In the long post below, I address each argument in turn.

Law. The former officials write that "Congress overwhelmingly enacted the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982 precisely to protect the dedicated men and women whose lives would be at risk if their names became widely publicized." But as Litt made pretty clear at a conference a few weeks ago, the Times did not violate the Intelligence Identities Protection Act by publishing the officers' names. The Act criminalizes the disclosure of the identity of a "covert agent" by a person having "authorized access to classified information." It also criminalizes disclosure of the identities of covert agents by others, but only if the disclosure comes "in the course of a pattern of activities intended to identify and expose covert agents and with reason to believe that such activities would impair or impede the foreign intelligence activities of the United States." Neither provision prohibits what the Times did here. The Times did not have authorized access to classified information. And its disclosure of the identities was incident to reporting and was not part of "a pattern of activities intended to identify and expose covert agents." Congress drew this latter distinction in order to protect (in the words of the House Report) "the First Amendment rights of those who disclose the identities of agents as an integral part of another enterprise such as news media reporting of intelligence failures or abuses."

Having said all this, Litt was quite right at the conference to emphasize that the officers' identities are "protected by statute" in the sense that a different statute - Sections 6 and 23 of the CIA Act - directs and authorizes the CIA Director to protect from unauthorized disclosure the identities of undercover intelligence officers. But when a later Congress criminalized such disclosures in the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, it created a loophole, inspired by the First Amendment, for what the Times did here.* [Read more: Goldsmith/Lawfare/14May2015]

What Would Thomas Jefferson Do...With the CIA? The US president, frustrated by the costs of involvement in the Middle East that had been a huge burden on America for years, ordered his intelligence services into action. The course they chose was regime change. Operatives took the initiative, secretly raising an army to depose the offending ruler.

The president was Thomas Jefferson. The date was 1805. Since its early days, the United States, like European nations, had been forced by the Barbary pirates into paying tribute to avoid the capture and harassment of sailing vessels. Jefferson had previously hoped to raise an international coalition to depose Tripoli's pasha, but due to European hesitation, he acted unilaterally. The result was what the CIA now describes on its website as "the United States' first covert attempt to overthrow a foreign government."

Initially, the US effort was a seeming success; as soon as it was clear that the Americans were posed to remove the pasha and replace him with his brother, a treaty was struck. American hostilities in the region, however, were not fully resolved for another decade.

Much in this story is chilling in its familiarity. The United States doesn't seem to have come too far in the intervening two centuries. The country is again embroiled in interminable hostilities in the Middle East. And once more at the center of the action are US intelligence services. [Read more: Rothkopf/ForeignPolicy/12May2015]

Overkill on a CIA Leak Case. Would America really be safer if Jeffrey Sterling had been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison?

That outrageous punishment would have satisfied the Justice Department in the sentencing of Mr. Sterling, the former Central Intelligence Agency officer convicted of leaking classified information about Iran's nuclear program to a reporter for The New York Times.

A federal judge in Virginia rightly believed that was far too long. In a significant rebuke to the Obama administration's dogged-yet-selective crusade against leaks, Judge Leonie Brinkema of Federal District Court quickly rejected the government's request and sentenced Mr. Sterling to three and a half years behind bars.

In January, Mr. Sterling was found guilty of violating federal laws, including the Espionage Act, by disclosing details about a covert operation involving a former Russian scientist and CIA informant who gave Iran intentionally faulty schematics in an attempt to forestall the country's nuclear capabilities. James Risen, a reporter for The Times, wrote about the operation in his 2006 book, State of War. He has refused to identify his sources despite facing a threat of jail time that ended only days before Mr. Sterling's trial. [Read more: NYTimes/13May2015]

IAFIE Selects Professor Loch Johnson, University of Georgia, for 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award

The IAFIE Board [International Association For Intelligence Education] unanimously selected Professor Loch Johnson, University of Georgia, as the 2015 recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Johnson accepted the award and will receive it at a luncheon on 23 June which is part of the IAFIE Conference running 22 - 25 June at Marymount College in Arlington, VA. See announcement below. Loch will speak on the challenges of intelligence education during the presentation ceremony. Loch Johnson is the Regents Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, as well as a Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor. He is the author of over 200 articles and essays; and the author or editor of over thirty books on U.S. national security, including: American Foreign Policy and the Challenges of World Leadership (Oxford, 2015); The Essentials of Intelligence (Praeger, 2015); National Security Intelligence (Polity, 2012); The Threat on the Horizon (Oxford, 2011); and The Oxford Handbook of National Security Intelligence (Oxford, 2010).

Professor Johnson served as special assistant to the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (1975-76); as a staff aide on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee (1976-77); as the first staff director of the Subcommittee on Intelligence Oversight, U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (1977-79); as a senior staff member on the Subcommittee on Trade and International Economic Policy, Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives (1980); and as special assistant to Chairman Les Aspin of the Aspin-Brown Commission on the Roles and Missions of Intelligence (1995-96). Professor Johnson won the “Certificate of Distinction” from the National Intelligence Study Center in Washington, D.C.; the “Studies in Intelligence” Award from the Center for the Study of Intelligence in Washington, D.C.; the “Best Article Award” from the Century Foundation’s Understanding Government Project; and the V.O. Key “Best Book” Prize from the Southern Political Science Association. He has been a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Yale University, as well as at Oxford University.  In 2012, he was named the inaugural “Professor of the Year” by the consortium of fourteen universities in the Southeast Conference (SEC); and, in 2014, he won the “Distinguished Professor” Award bestowed occasionally by the Intelligence Studies Section of the International Studies Association. He was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Riverside. 

IAFIE hopes that IAFIE members will attend the conference in June, not only to meet Professor Johnson, but also to enjoy more than 50 presentations and keynote speakers including former CIA legend, Charlie Allen. and former SCIP president and founder, Cliff Kalb. The conference was arranged by Marymount University's Bill Costanza, IAFIE event chair, who has put together this impressive program.

Section IV - Deaths

Alba Teresa Sartiano - former CIA Case Officer.

Alba Sartiano, born Alba Pagnini, died 20 April 2015 in Santa Rosa, CA. After high school she became the first in her family to attend college, graduating in 1951 with a BS degree in Economics from Simmons College, Boston. Her sense of adventure took her to Washington, DC, where she was was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency and trained as a Case Officer. While working at the Agency, Alba met and married Colonel Joseph F. Sartiano. Alba's honorable service to our country spanned over thirty years and together with her family, she lived and worked in capitals throughout Asia and Europe, as well as posts in the US. For her distinguished career, Alba was awarded the CIA Career Intelligence Medal and the CIA Honorable Service Medal. Alba had many talents and lived her life to the fullest. Wherever she was stationed, Alba readily embraced her new culture and incorporated aspects of it into her own life. She was a voracious reader, bridge player, golfer and decorator with an eye for style that others would admire and emulate. Her home and garden were always beautiful. Alba loved to sing and her beautiful alto voice was enjoyed at home and shared with several church choirs. Above all, Alba was passionate about her family, encouraging members to work hard and expand their horizons. She is survived by her husband, two children, grandchildren, and three great grandsons. She also leaves behind siblings, nieces and nephews. Interment to be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA on a future date to be determined.

Section V - Upcoming Events


Thursday 21 May 2015, 11:30am - Monument, CO - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts David Jones, DDS, on "The Missionary Position in Guatemala: Service, Security, Intelligence, and Logistics."

The Rocky Mountain Chapter presents David Jones, DDS: �The Missionary Position in Guatemala: Service, security, intelligence, and logistics�

Faith in Practice provides more medical and dental services than any other group in Guatemala, including the government. Currently FIP has one five operating room hospital in Antigua, and is just finishing a five operating room hospital on the coastal plain city of Retaluheu. Four dental clinics also function under the FIP organization, as well ten mobile clinic teams, providing public health services around the country.

FIP consists of almost 2,000 US volunteers each year in 35 teams of 50 people, working in one week shifts to provide continuous care. The FIP mission goal is to provide quality medical and dental care to the impoverished people in Guatemala, at the same time providing a rewarding and safe experience for it�s volunteers. FIP started as a small but committed group in 1992 consisting of about 30 people doing the best they could for their patients, in a dirty run down hospital in Antigua.

The evolution to the sophisticated operation of today has been nothing short of a miracle. Guatemala is the poorest country in the region, but only third in per capita murders. 95% of all homicides are unsolved. Historically Guatemala has been politically unstable for the past sixty years , and some might argue longer than that. FIP has spanned the end of the Rios Montt regime to that of the present regime of Oscar Perez Molina. Our retired CEO , Joe Wiatt of Houston Texas, once stated that 99.9% of the Guatemalans are the nicest people you will ever meet, but this still leaves 10,000 bad guys creating havoc. Today Guatemala is a corrupt and violent country, as it was during the civil war years that ended in 1996. There has been an evolution from the war years to the present where the drug business heavily impacts all aspects of Guatemalan life.

Intelligence gathering for FIP has evolved, and is of paramount importance in continuing the mission in Guatemala. Operating a country wide organization involves extensive planning. Dr. Jones will provide a narrative about the evolution of this complex and successful group of dedicated individuals, starting with their first do-gooder attempts, and growing into the dynamic, efficient organization it has become today.

Event takes place at Monument Hill Country Club, 18945 Pebble Beach Way, Monument, CO 80132. To attend contact

28 May 2015, 11:30am - San Francisco, CA - The AFIO Andre LeGallo Chapter hosts Capt. Lee Rosenberg, USN, ret. and Managing Director of Navigating Preparedness Associates.

Topic will be "Insider Threat: It's Not Just Cybersecurity." Timing of program: 11:30AM no host cocktails; meeting starts at noon.
Location: United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave, SF (between Sloat/Wawona).
E-mail RSVP to Mariko Kawaguchi at and you will be sent an Eventbrite link to register. Alternately, mail a check made out to "AFIO" to: Mariko Kawaguchi, PO Box 117578, Burlingame, CA 94011. Members and students: $25; non-members $35. $35 at the door. RSVP is required.

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 5:30 - 8:30pm - Atlanta, GA - The AFIO Atlanta Chapter-in-Formation and Harvard Club of Georgia host reception for Prof Kristie Macrakis on Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies. There is no charge.

Professor Kristie Macrakis, an AFIO member and Harvard alum who teaches history at Georgia Tech, specializes in the history of espionage. She'll discuss her 2014 book Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda. In it, she presents a fascinating cat-and-mouse game between spies who conceal their reports in plain sight and counterintelligence agents trying to intercept and detect them―and all the clever methods employed. As a friend of AFIO, this event is free for you and your guests.
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.: Cocktail Reception
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Presentation by Prof. Kristie Macrakis, followed by Q&A
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Cocktail Reception
Location: Womble Carlyle, Skyline Room (25th Floor), Atlantic Station, BB&T Building, 271 17th St NW Ste 2500, Atlanta, GA 30363-1017
RSVP or questions to Brian Hooper, or 404.879.2440. If you can�t attend but are interested in participating in the new chapter, please let him know.

Other Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 10 am - 1 pm - Laurel, MD - Dr. Andrew Hodges, Oxford, discusses Alan Turing: The Enigma, and has insider comments on The Imitation Game at this superb NCMF luncheon

Dr. Andrew Hodges, Sr. Research Fellow, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, author of Alan Turing: The Enigma [source for the movie The Imitation Game] Hear this luminary on his rare US visit... to lecture and sign his book for the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation Members and Guests.

Dr. Hodges was elected a fellow at Wadham College in 2007 and appointed Dean in 2011. In 2012, he became a Senior Research Fellow in the Mathematics Institute at Oxford. Dr. Hodges has worked extensively on Twistor geometry and its application to fundamental physics. In the cryptologic community, he is perhaps better known for his work as the biographer of Alan Turing. His book, "Alan Turing: The Enigma," has been called one of the 50 essential books of all time in the British press and is the inspiration for the highly acclaimed film, "The Imitation Game."
Location: Patuxent Greens Golf Club, 14415 Greenview Dr, Laurel, MD 20708. $55 for guests; $25 for members. Includes lunch. The ballroom at the club is being used and provides plenty of space to meet the swelling interest in this program. Do not miss this by failing to register NOW. Registration remains open until 15 May 2015.
More information and Registration here.

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 6:30pm - Washington DC - Undercover Jihadi: Mubin Shaikh - al Qaeda Inspired, Homegrown Terrorism in the West at the International Spy Museum

Hear directly from one of the few people in the world to have actually been undercover in a homegrown terror cell. After coming out of extremism himself, Mubin Shaikh decided to use his connections as a former militant jihadist to fight international and domestic terrorism by working undercover for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the Canadian Integrated National Security Enforcement Team to infiltrate radical groups and conduct surveillance. He ultimately infiltrated the �Toronto 18,� where he gathered inside information that was essential in thwarting the group�s 2006 plans for catastrophic terror attacks including placing three truck bombs in Toronto that were the size of Oklahoma City�s bomb, storming the Parliament, and beheading the Canadian Prime Minister. Dr. Anne Speckhard, author of Talking to Terrorists and co-author of Mubin�s memoir, Undercover Jihadi: Inside the Toronto 18, is a research psychologist who has interviewed more than 400 terrorists. This evening, she will put Mubin�s story in perspective as it relates to radicalization and terrorism, while Mubin will share his personal journey from extremism to undercover operative.
Tickets: $15. Visit

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 1:00pm-4:00pm - Washington DC - Meet a Spy: Tony & Jonna Mendez at the International Spy Museum

Tony and Jonna Mendez were the CIA�s leading disguise specialists, husband and wife. They spent decades creating false identities for America�s undercover agents. And on November 4, 1979, when the CIA needed a cover story to extract the six hostages from the Canadian ambassador's residence, they turned to top exfiltration expert Tony Mendez who devised a scheme that revolved around a Hollywood crew scouting locations for a fictitious movie: Argo. His rescue of American diplomats from Tehran during the Iranian Hostage Crisis was depicted in the now famous film, ARGO.
Tickets: Free! No reservation required. Visit

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Genevieve Lester - When Should State Secret Stay Secret? at the International Spy Museum

Genevieve Lester is a non-resident adjunct fellow in the Strategic Technologies Program at CSIS. Recently, she was visiting assistant professor in the Security Studies Program, coordinator of Intelligence Studies, and senior fellow at the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University and is now at the University of California Center in Washington, D.C.

Her work concerns security and accountability, with a particular focus on intelligence oversight. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in international economics and international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A. in history from Carleton College. She has been a fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London and a Fulbright scholar in Berlin.

When Should State Secrets Stay Secret? examines modern trends in intelligence oversight development by focusing on how American oversight mechanisms combine to bolster an internal security system and thus increase the secrecy of the intelligence enterprise.

Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit

Thursday, 4 June 2015, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Meet A Spy: Sandy Grimes at the International Spy Museum

Come to the Spy Museum Store and �Meet A Spy� � uncover the world of espionage and intelligence from people who practiced professionally.

Sandy Grimes is a longtime veteran of the CIA�s clandestine service who―along with her colleague Jeanne Vertefeuille―helped capture Aldrich Ames, the infamous CIA officer turned traitor. Meet Sandy on Thursdays, June 4.

Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit

Friday, 05 June 2015, 6:30-9:30pm - Washington DC - Surveillance 101 with Eric O'Neill: Spy School Workshop

Briefing What if you were assigned to watch the most damaging spy in US history? As a young operative in the FBI, Eric O�Neill was put into position as Robert Hanssen�s assistant with the secret task of spying on his boss, who was under suspicion of working for Russia. O�Neill�s background with the FBI was in surveillance, so he was up to the challenge. But how would you measure up? Now�s your chance to find out. O�Neill is prepared to share his hard-earned expertise with you. This intense small group introduction to surveillance will include learning the basics and conducting surveillance in the streets of DC. Will you be able to track the �Rabbit� without being �made?� You�ll learn how to snap clandestine shots and keep your target in view so you won�t miss operational acts or secret meetings. O�Neill will lead the exercise and help you learn how to blend into the shadows for the best spy results! To Register: Contact Laura Hicken or 202.654.0932 Tickets: $94. Visit

Wednesday, 10 June 2015, 7-9pm - Washington DC - Introduction to Intelligence Analysis 101: Spy School Workshop at the International Spy Museum

How good are you in a crisis? To survive in the world of an intelligence analyst, you must be able to quickly gather the facts, determine what�s relevant, find patterns and make critical connections, and you must not forget to check your ego and biases at the door. That�s what you�ll need to do in this dynamic workshop led by a senior instructor with the Forum Foundation for Analytic Excellence. As you grapple with a real intelligence case about a human rights lawyer who�s had a mysterious attempt made on her life, you�ll go through the same process as an intelligence analyst, evaluating incoming reports and questioning your own preconceptions and assumptions under a looming deadline. Learn how analysts employ Structured Analytic Techniques to avoid cognitive pitfalls and spur creative thinking. And ultimately find out whether your analysis would have helped to defuse a crisis or fuel a foreign policy disaster.
Tickets: $40. Visit

10-14 June 2015 - Washington, DC - Spies, Lies and Intelligence: The Shadowy World of International Espionage - A Road Scholar Program

Program #16126RJ $1,099. 5 Days, 4 Nights.
Every person sitting on a bench could be waiting for the next drop-off. Behind every monument, a mole may harbor national secrets. On this fascinating adventure at the front line of the world�s spy coterie in Washington, D.C., delve into the treachery of Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen ― rogues who triggered devastating consequences to America. Learn the art of espionage, discuss the role of intelligence in an open society, and hear how the US catches spies in the heart of the world capital of intrigue.

� Retired intelligence experts take you into their seamy world, uncovering Washington, D.C.�s lesser-known spy history and discussing famous spy cases ― from the cracked to the unsolved.
� Explore the International Spy Museum, and learn from the NSA�s Cryptologic Museum how codes are broken ― and try out a WW II German Enigma machine.
� Hear from a polygraph specialist, examine the role of defection in counterintelligence, and examine 21st century intelligence threats.

Activity Notes
Minimal walking, standing in museums for up to two hours. 4 nights of accommodations, 10 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures, 3 Field trips

Coordinated by Road Scholar. To register call 800-454-5768 or visit

Thursday, 11 June 2015, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Meet An F-4 Pilot: Mark Hewitt at the International Spy Museum

Uncover the world of espionage and intelligence from people who practiced professionally! The International Spy Museum Store presents this opportunity for you to meet an F-4 pilot.
Mark A. Hewitt has always had a fascination with spyplanes and the intelligence community�s development and use of aircraft. He flew F-4s in the Marine Corps and served as Director of Maintenance with the Border Patrol and the Air Force, as was an Associate Professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University before leading aviation activities and aircraft operations for international corporations in the Washington D.C. area. He is the author of "Special Access" and "Shoot Down". His novels have been approved by the CIA Publication Review Board.

Shortly after takeoff, a jumbo jet explodes over the waters of Long Island. Witnesses claim the aircraft was shot down by a surface-to-air missile; the government insists a mechanical malfunction brought down the airplane. An old CIA file is uncovered which details the President was warned-to preclude commercial airliners from being shot out of the sky either pay a ransom or suffer the consequences.

Just as the Agency identifies the shadowy man responsible for the shoot down of the airliner, the Libyan dictator Gaddafi is overthrown, sparking a race between the CIA and terrorist networks to win the ultimate terrorist prize-hundreds of man-portable, shoulder-launched, anti-aircraft missiles. Duncan Hunter and his top secret airplane once again team up with an expert crew to find the anti-aircraft missiles ahead of the al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood, and kill the man who shoots down airliners for profit.

Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit

16 June 2015 - Arlington, VA - Introduction to US Intelligence

Dr. Mark Lowenthal, internationally recognized expert on intelligence and author of Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy, provides students with a broad introduction to the major current issues in US intelligence. Learn about the current structure of the Community, the role of the DNI and the IC agencies, collection, analysis, national security
issues, the intelligence budget, and the role of Congress.
INDIVIDUAL ENROLLMENT COURSE at The Intelligence & Security Academy, a provider of innovative education and training in a broad range of national security issues and the more general area of analytic training, is pleased to announce the schedule for its 2015 OpenAcademy individual enrollment course offerings. All courses will be held in Arlington, Virginia. AFIO members will receive a 10% discount on all OpenAcademy courses! Register on-online and select �AFIO Registration� as an option for the discounted registration fee.
Courses are typically held in our classroom in Arlington, Virginia (just 2 blocks from the Ballston metro stop) unless otherwise noted. Individual enrollment courses are unclassified.
Visit us at for more information.

17-18 June 2015 - Arlington, VA - Analyst Training: Writing, Analysis, and Preparing Briefings

Dr. Mark Lowenthal teaches this course which provides analytic skills for any intelligence-related or analytical function. This course examines the role of intelligence in the policy process (within government or business), then offers an introduction to analytic skills, beginning with critical thinking and reading, writing analysis, and preparing and presenting successful briefings. The course is designed to get analysts off to a good start in as little time as possible, recognizing that there are important time constraints in such training and that much will also be learned on the job.
INDIVIDUAL ENROLLMENT COURSE at The Intelligence & Security Academy, a provider of innovative education and training in a broad range of national security issues and the more general area of analytic training, is pleased to announce the schedule for its 2015 OpenAcademy individual enrollment course offerings. All courses will be held in Arlington, Virginia. AFIO members will receive a 10% discount on all OpenAcademy courses! Register on-online and select �AFIO Registration� as an option for the discounted registration fee.
Courses are typically held in our classroom in Arlington, Virginia (just 2 blocks from the Ballston metro stop) unless otherwise noted. Individual enrollment courses are unclassified.
Visit us at for more information.

Saturday, 20 June 2015, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Unlikely Warriors: The Army Security Agency's Secret War in Vietnam 1961-1973 at the International Spy Museum

Come to the International Spy Museum Store for an in-store book signing of "Unlikely Warriors" by authors Lonnie M. Long and Gary B. Blackburn. The military history book takes readers into the Vietnam War and follows members of the Army Security Agency (ASA) as they conduct top secret missions.

Long and Blackburn chart the years that ASA operated in Vietnam � occurring from 1961 to 1973. With each story, many of which have never been told, readers will find themselves in awe as they learn about specific operations, incidents and battles that involved ASA personnel.

�We want the reader to come away with an appreciation for the job those thousands of young men did and the many thousands of lives they saved through their efforts,� say Long and Blackburn.

�Powerful. Compelling. Insightful. Exciting. A much needed historical account of the many first-hand heroic and harrowing events in America's most misunderstood war.�―Colonel David E. Servinsky, US Army (retired), Ph.D., Executive Communications and Support, National Security Agency/Central Security Service Colorado; former professor - National War College; former Deputy Director - National Security Operations Center (NSOC), NSA.

�A great read about an important part of our military history. The authors have opened the door to a critical warfighting capability that has for too long been held a close secret to only a few. It is time that the door was flung wide open and the true nature of their work revealed.�

Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, noon - Washington DC - How to Catch a Russian Spy at the International Spy Museum

For three nerve-wracking years, Naveed Jamali spied on the US for the Russians―or so the Russians believed. Hear Naveed bring his unbelievable, yet true, story to life. By trading thumb drives of sensitive technical data for envelopes of cash, he pretended to sell out his own country across noisy restaurant tables and in quiet parking lots. Although he had no formal espionage training, with the help of an initially reluctant FBI duo he ended up at the center of a highly successful CI operation that targeted Russian espionage in New York City. With news about Russia�s disintegrating relationship with the US a frequent headline and political hot topic, How to Catch a Russian Spy is the one-of-a-kind story of how one young man�s post-college adventure became a real-life US counterintelligence coup.
Tickets: Free! No reservation required. Visit

22 - 25 June 2015 - Arlington, VA - 11th Annual IAFIE Conference "Preparing the Next Generation of Intelligence Analysts for a Changing World."

Marymount University is host to the 11th Annual Conference of the International Association for Intelligence Education. (IAFIE).

There continues to be enormous challenges that threaten US national security and the global world order. A growing sense of urgency to try to understand these events and anticipate new challenges has forced us to rethink how we will confront the future. In a changing world this means focusing attention on how we prepare future scholars and practitioners that will be called on to explore these challenges.

This IAFIE conference will revolve around the theme of �Preparing the Next Generation of Intelligence Analysts in a Changing World.� The conference panel discussions will be divided along two tracks. One track will explore the pedagogical developments and innovations that are emerging to provide prospective and current analysts will the skill sets needed to tackle analytic problems. The second track will explore some of the challenges that analysts may have to confront during the remainder of the 21st Century.

The conference will host an opening reception on the evening of Monday, 22 June followed by two and one half days of speakers, panels and presentations. The cost of the event is $400 for non-members and $100 for students. Other rates apply. Payment Instructions: Credit card online. To pay by check contact Michelle Henderson at for instructions.
The conference agenda, when made available, will be posted here.

Event Location: Marymount University, 2807 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22207; 814-824-2131. Registration is open. Register here.
Additional Event Information: Michelle Henderson, Phone: 814-824-2131, Email:

Friday, 26 June 2015, 1-4pm - Washington, DC - Meet a Counterintelligence Officer - Christopher Lynch at the International Spy Museum

Come to the Spy Museum store and meet Christopher Lynch! Lynch was a Counterintelligence Officer, first in the FBI, and then in the CIA, for thirty years. As an Operations Analyst, he specialized in the KGB in assessing tradecraft and in detecting hostile control.

Watch Christopher in Inside the Secrets: Counter Intelligence, where he talks about his experience in a counter intelligence office and compares it to the popular FX show The Americans.

Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 6:30pm - Washington DC - "Tracking the Elusive Pueblo" at the International Spy Museum

In January 1968, at the height of the Vietnam War, North Korea captured the USS Pueblo. The seizure of the ship, equipped with electronic and signals intelligence systems and 83 crewmen, provoked outrage in the US, with some calling for a nuclear response. What really happened during this hot Cold War incident? CDR Douglas Hackett, USN (Ret.) will explore the Pueblo’s surveillance mission, and provide the definitive naval intelligence assessment of whether the Pueblo was in North Korean waters, based on North Korean-provided information. He’ll also share the US government’s response to the crisis, North Korea’s motivation, what happened to the crew who were held prisoner for nearly a year, and what has become of the Pueblo today."

Tickets: $8. Visit

Thursday, 9 July 2015, 6:30pm - Washington DC - "code name: CYNTHIA" - A Spy Musical - at the International Spy Museum

Get yourself to this staged reading and singing of the action-packed new spy musical celebrating the exploits of Betty Thorpe whose real spy career ranged from Madrid to Warsaw to Washington.

Presented by the Pallas Theatre Collective, "code name: CYNTHIA" opens as Paris falls to the Nazis and master spy Betty Thorpe (code name: Cynthia) barely escapes with her life. When a mysterious mastermind blackmails the stunning beauty back into intelligence for the Allies, Betty resolves to seduce the enemy, steal France's naval codes from the Vichy Embassy in Washington, DC, and save her own delicate world from falling to pieces. This lyrical homage features music by Karen Multer and book and lyrics by Steve Multer, a 2014 finalist for the Kleban Prize in Musical Theatre.

Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit

Wednesday, 15 July 2015, noon - Washington, DC - The Billion Dollar Spy: Author Debriefing at the International Spy Museum

While getting into his car on the evening of February 16, 1978, the chief of the CIA's Moscow station was handed an envelope by an unknown Russian. Its contents stunned the Americans: details of top secret Soviet research and development in military technology that was totally unknown to the United States.

From David Hoffman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Dead Hand, comes the riveting story of the CIA's most valuable spy in the Soviet Union and an evocative portrait of the agency's Moscow station, an outpost of daring espionage in the last years of the Cold War. Drawing on previously secret documents obtained from the CIA, as well as interviews with participants, Hoffman will reveal how the depredations of the Soviet state motivated one man to master the craft of spying against his own nation until he was betrayed to the KGB by a disgruntled former CIA trainee. No one has ever told this story before in such detail, and Hoffman's deep knowledge of spycraft, the Cold War, and military technology makes him uniquely qualified to bring to the International Spy Museum this real life espionage thriller.

Tickets: FREE! No reservation required. Visit

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