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The much-told legend of Rasputin – the giant, wild-eyed, well-hung, wandering Siberian monk who seduced the Tsarina herself – is mostly a bunch of absolute borscht. But the real story is just as wild. H&S look at the life of a peasant who infiltrated Russian nobility, embodying the tensions of a nation – a charismatic zealot who mysteriously healed the Romanovs' sickly heir. So join us to find out how Russia went from Romanovs to Revolution; the possible MI6 ties to Rasputin's death; and a classic, quick-fire RedHanded rundown of…the entire First World War.
This week Jason tells Kevin a story about a 'M'an who left a little place called Sneem to work on some pretty big schemes across the water.It's Dame Judi Dench.Shite Talk Patreon / Socials / Live Gigs
On August 23rd of 2010, police are asked to conduct a welfare check at the residence of an MI6 agent named Gareth Williams. His apartment was tidy and absolutely spotless but there was just one item that seemed to be out of place. In the bathtub sat a large, red sports bag and it was padlocked shut. The officers opened the bag to sadly find the already decomposing body of Gareth Williams stuffed inside. Did Gareth do this to himself or was this a cruel and calculated act carried out by professional hitmen? Join us this week as Jillian takes us through all the details and all the theories. Support the showIf you have a creepy true story to share or an idea for a future episode, we'd love to chat! Please email us! Email: email@example.com Website: https://mysteryandmiscellany.buzzsprout.comSupport the show by joining our Patreon community for access to bonus content, early access to episodes each week, and more! To join simply click the "Support the Show" link or go to patreon.com/mysteryandmiscellany
The weather outside is delightful but the fire is so frightful. As long as you tune into this show you can find some solace from the wonderful snow that you're probably experiencing in the Northern Hemisphere. The people who claim to live south of the equator are all paid actors funded by the CIA and MI6. Keep away from the psyop with a double does of manga reviews. Tim has another request in Fruits Basket Another. There's an old saw about how sequels are just the first story but done over again. Fruits basket is exactly that. We have a girl who's an outsiders that transfers into a school. There's … Continue reading "Manga Pulse 484: Fruit King"
Jaffra makes an arrest and brokers a deal with Col. Rada; Barnes revisits Loonie Louie's while Kate gets a new assignment from O'Neal. Simon returns to MI6 only to find a new partner, Jamison. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan was America's longest war. In this episode we take an overview of the war... The post ClandesTime 240 – The Cinema of the War in Afghanistan first appeared on Spy Culture.
2022 was a crazy year. And our Sir Richard Dearlove says 2023 won't be any less eventful. The former head of MI6 sits down with host Julia Macfarlane to discuss what the future might hold for the war in Ukraine, the burgeoning protest movement in China, and the United States presidential race. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Summary Thomas Leahy (Website; LinkedIn) and Eleanor Williams (Website; Twitter) join Andrew to discuss the intelligence war during “the Troubles.” Thomas lives in Cardiff and Eleanor lives in Belfast. What You'll Learn Intelligence The Troubles through the lens of intelligence Some key intelligence players in the Northern Ireland conflict How the IRA and the British Army adapted organizationally The role intelligence played in the end of the conflict Reflections The fluid nature of motivations and intentions How historic narratives shape and constrain the here-and-now And much, much more… Episode Notes From the late 60's to the late 90's Republican and Loyalist paramilitaries, and the British and Irish states, were engaged in a period known as “the Troubles”: a struggle to define or redefine the future of the island of Ireland. This is an issue with deep and complex roots, but the intelligence dimension of the period known as the Troubles is fascinating and often overlooked. To help us get our head around it all, Andrew sat down with two specialists to discuss all things intelligence and the Troubles: from the role that MI5 and MI6 played, to the Force Research Unit and the RUC Special Branch, through to how the IRA played the counterintelligence game and the role that informers, agents and moles, such as the notorious “Stakeknife,” played. Thomas is the author of the Intelligence War Against the IRA, while Eleanor is a doctoral candidate comparing intelligence use during the Northern Irish and Colombian conflicts. And… The head of the Republic of Ireland's police and security intelligence force, the Garda Síochána, is Drew Harris. Drew Harris was a career Royal Ulster Constabulary officer whose father, also a career RUC officer, was killed by the IRA in 1989. He was the first external appointee from outside the Garda. Quote of the Week "What's their [IRA] main role in this intelligence conflict?...one of the key points here…the IRA was quite highly regional regionalized. That's actually quite key to explain why British intelligence had some difficulties against them…Initially, it was set up similar to armed forces. It would have brigades, battalions and companies…the IRA operated this kind of army structure up to 1975…the IRA then switched to this new strategy…And part of this was to prevent mass infiltration, which had started to become a problem, particularly in Belfast pre-1975. So, what it adopted in Belfast and Derry was a cell structure." – Thomas Leahy Resources Books The Intelligence War Against the IRA, T. Leahy (CUP, 2020) Britain's Secret War Against the IRA, A. Edwards (Merrion, 2021) Thatcher's Spy, W. Carlin (Merrion, 2019) The Accidental Spy, S. O'Driscoll (Mirror, 2019) Snitch! S. Hewitt (Continuum, 2010) Infiltrating the IRA, R. Gilmour (LB&C, 1998) Fifty Dead Men Walking, M. McGartland (Blake, 1997) Best Books on the Troubles (Five Books) Articles The Murky World of Spying During the Troubles, J. Ware, Irish Times (2017) Alternative Ulster: How Punk Took on the Troubles, T. Heron, Irish Times (2016) Audio MI5 Chameleon Infiltrated New IRA Documentary Spotlight on the Troubles: A Secret History, BBC (2019) The Spy in the IRA, BBC (2017) Web Operation Kenova MI5 in Northern Ireland Primary Sources IRA-MI6 Intermediary: Interviews with Brendan Duddy (2009) Good Friday Agreement (1998) Downing Street Declaration (1993) Anglo-Irish Agreement (1985) Thatcher Speech at Airey Neave Memorial (1979) IRA Green Book (1977) PM Wilson & Thatcher discuss N. Ireland (1975) Secret Meetings Between Government and IRA (1972) Senator E. Kennedy, Ulster is Britain's Vietnam (1971) IRA Reports on Intelligence Informants (1922) W.B. Yeats, “Easter: 1916” (1921) Oral Sources Duchas Oral History Archive (2014) Wildcard Resource “Murals of Northern Ireland” (4500+ Photographs)
This week, we learn about the secret lives of women spies. Our colleague Helen Warrell got exclusive access to the women at the top ranks of Britain's MI6 agency. For the first time, they reveal what it's like to be a woman in espionage, and how pop culture – from James Bond to John le Carré novels – has made it harder for MI6 to recruit a diverse team of spies. Then, we're joined by behavioural economist and friend of the podcast Tim Harford, who – just in time for your New Year's resolutions – makes a compelling case for learning when it's time to quit.-------We love hearing from you! You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're on Twitter @ftweekendpod, and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap.-------Links: – Helen's exclusive story trailing the women at the top of MI6: https://on.ft.com/3Im2962 – Helen is on Twitter @HelenWarrell – Tim's column on why quitting is underrated: https://on.ft.com/3vEBVnx – Tim's podcast is called Cautionary Tales and he's on Twitter @TimHarford-------Special offers for FT Weekend listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial can be found here: http://ft.com/weekendpodcast-------Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam GiovincoRead a transcript of this episode on FT.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Are you looking for a spy-drama series to watch in early 2023? Check out Treason on Neflix. Starring two Marvel and two Game of Thrones actors, Treason is based on the UK's MI6 branch that deals with protecting the UK with spies placed around the world. Charlie Cox (Daredevil) leads a cast that also includes Olga Kurylenko (Taskmaster in Black Widow), Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), and Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones). In Treason, MI6's “C” (commander) is poisoned which forces the deputy (Cox) to step up to the head position to find out who poisoned C and if there are any other immediate threats to the country. This five episode series goes quickly as you find yourself wondering who the real threat of the series is and wondering if you've been believing in the wrong character. In this Instant Reaction episode of the MovieBuffs Podcast, Tyler shares his feedback on this new release, what hooked him into watching, and gives a spoiler free breakdown. Learn more about the MovieBuffs Podcast - https://moviebuffspodcast.club/ Subscribe to Time2TrainFitness - https://www.youtube.com/c/Time2TrainFitness
Actor Ruth Wilson talks to director Lenny Abrahamson about her quasi-autobiographical BBC drama Mrs Wilson about her Grandparents. Bizarre, emotional and weirdly meta, her tale reads more like a John le Carré novel than a standard family drama. For fans of the TV drama it also brings a fresh postscript to the story in the form of a visit to MI6 HQ.
We watch "Spyfall, Part 1" (Series 12, Episode 1) where the Doctor and the Whoby Crew get taken to MI6 in order to solve a groovy mystery. Whilst said investigating is going on, Yaz and Ryan check out obvious bad guy billionaire Daniel Barton, the Doctor and Graham meet with McGuffin expert O, and glowing aliens are plotting to take over the universe! Oh yeah... perhaps I should mention that O is the Master and the Fam is gonna die in a fiery plane crash. Byeeee!Scaredy Cats Podcast:https://linktr.ee/Scaredycatsthepodcast
3 Takeaways features revealing conversations with the world's foremost thinkers, business leaders, writers, politicians, scientists and other newsmakers, who each share three takeaways they consider vital. In this special year-end episode, we present the 10 most powerful and compelling takeaways of 2022. Can you guess which takeaway is from each guest? The guests include:- former Prime Minster of Australia- former Chief of MI6- the founder of the world's largest hedge fund- 7 amazing other guests Top 10 Takeaways of 2022 include: Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd: War Between China and the US (#95)Political Commentator George Will: Insights on American Government Today, and Where the Democratic and Republican Parties Have Both Gone Wrong (#87)The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business: Setting the Table with Union Square Hospitality Group Founder & CEO Danny Meyer (#75)Why We Laugh: The Many Shapes and Forms of Laughter with Neuroscientist Sophie Scott (#99)Former MI6 Chief Sir Alex Younger: Putin's Miscalculations Invading Ukraine, Why Putin May Become More Desperate and Dangerous, Realities of a Spy and the Importance of Trust and Alliances (#83)Reporting from War Zones with CNN Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward: How What's Reported Differs From the Situation On the Ground (#86)An Urgent Warning on the Times Ahead with the Founder of the World's Largest Hedge Fund: Ray Dalio (#89)Business Revolution: Tech, Talent, Purpose, Social And More with Fortune Media CEO Alan Murray (#92)Ask For More: 2 Questions to Negotiate Almost Anything with Columbia Law School Mediation Clinic Director Alex Carter (#106)How Worried Should We Be About Dysfunctional Government? A Gifted Constitutional Expert Weighs In (#120)
Dış politikanın nabzını tutan tek program, analizleriyle gündemi sarsmaya devam ediyor. Küresel bakış açısıyla dünyadaki gelişmeler masaya yatırılıyor, diplomasi analiz ediliyor. Prof. Dr. Süleyman Seyfi Öğün, Doç. Dr. Fahri Erenel ve Avni Özgürel'in konuk olduğu, 20 Aralık 2022 tarihli Akıl Odası'nda bu hafta: 07:12 İsveç FETÖ üyesi ile ilgili iade talebini neden reddetti? 09:01 İsveç terörle mücadele sözünün arkasında neden durmuyor? 10:12 İsveç ve Finlandiya'nın NATO üyeliği süreci askıya alınır mı? 13:50 Türkiye, İsveç ile ilgili nasıl bir yol haritası izleyecek? 16:20 İsveç-Finlandiya'nın NATO üyeliği için Türkiye'nin direnci nasıl olacak? 18:10 ABD ve İngiltere, İsveç-Finlandiya için ne planlıyor? 20:22 İngiltere nasıl bir küresel denklem kurmaya çalışıyor? 22:59 Rusya-Ukrayna savaşının seyri nereye evriliyor? 24:33 Rusya, Kiev için her şeyi göze mi aldı? 25:16 Putin'in yeni cephesi Belarus mu olacak? 32:27 Rusya, Ukrayna ile mi yoksa topyekun Batı ile mi savaşıyor? 42:01 Rusya-Ukrayna savaşının Türkiye'ye yansımaları ne olacak? 47:27 Rusya yaptırımlarla nasıl başa çıkmayı planlıyor? 1:10:11 Rusya için savaş yeni mi başladı? 1:12:40 AB, Rusya-Ukrayna savaşında kendini nerede konumlandırıyor? 1:14:40 İngiltere, Ukrayna'nın kazanması için ne yapacak? 1:18:20 İngiltere, Kafkaslar üzerinden neyi hedefliyor? 1:20:50 Balkanlar ve Kafkasya konusunda Türkiye ne planlıyor? 1:22:40 Türkiye'nin enerji stratejisi ne olacak? 1:26:25 Azerbaycan'a ‘Türk ordusu modeli' ne gösteriyor? 1:31:02 MI6'nın başkanı neden Ermenistan'a gitti? 1:36:22 Azerbaycan'ın enerji politikası nasıl ilerleyecek? 1:42:14 İngiltere-Ermenistan iş birliği mümkün mü? 1:49:52 Türkiye'nin Suriye politikası ne olacak? 2:02:11 Suriye'de uygun şartlar sağlanabilecek mi? 2:08:35 Tayfun füzesinin menzili ne gösteriyor? #Türkiye #Azerbaycan #Ukrayna Nedret Ersanel moderatörlüğünde Akıl Odası her salı ve perşembe 20.45'te TVNET'te.
This week on the Christmas 2022 Bingewatch special...If you're fed up hearing about UK political scandals, then Stonehouse is not the show for you. Telling the crazy story of John Stonehouse, who faked his own death, it's available on ITVX.From the people behind Bridge of Spies comes spy drama Treason, about an MI6 spy wrangling with his complex past in the form of a Russian spy, and it's available on Netflix.Netflix is starting to squeeze their Witcher cash cow, with the release of new prequel series The Witcher: Blood Origins starring Michelle Yeoh and Lenny Henry (yeah, the Premier Inn guy).From ITVX and also available on Amazon Prime Video is Riches, a glossy family drama about money, death, business and scandal, starring Deborah Ayorinde. It's glamour, it's style, and it's a must watch if you just can't take any more Real Housewives.If you haven't had a big enough Britney fix this year, Discovery Plus is here to save you with Jamie vs Britney: The Father Daughter Trials. The series, as you would expect, provides another look at one of the biggest court cases in recent years, as popstar Britney Spears battled to free herself from the conservatorship held by her father Jamie.Follow Bingewatch on all major podcast players or VISIT THE OFFICIAL BINGEWATCH WEBSITE for your weekly rundown of the best bingeworthy shows across Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+ and more.Remember to subscribe and share wherever you get podcasts, and leave a 5 star review on Apple Podcasts, Podchaser and Goodpods.You can also stay in touch with the team via Twitter and tell us what you're binge-watching.AND if you like Bingewatch but you're looking for a specific review, check out BITESIZE BINGEWATCH, our brand new sister show making it easier to get the bits you want!
Giles and Esther give the papers fone more once over for the series; from MI6 quizzes and Christmas presents, to Harry and Meghan and the future of cricket. Giles is left speechless by some amazing news and Esther is left breathless by another coughing fit.Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times - visit www.thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea.Producer: Ben Mitchell Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Football is the world's biggest sport, and perhaps the most state-sponsored sport. In this episode we take a critical look... The post ClandesTime Special – State Sponsored Football and the Qatar World Cup first appeared on Spy Culture.
Sean Connery may be the BEST James Bond. But let's be honest: Daniel Craig's our favorite. Probably yours, too. The Chumps have a romp exploring this dynamite stick of a flick: Martin Campbell's memorable action sequences, the breathtakingly gorgeous Vesper and Solange, and Madds Mikkelsen doing Madds Mikkelsen things. There's a beautiful scene in this film...that gets absolutely ruined by a Daniel Craig action that Corrye and Luke are just baffled by. We'll discuss that, along with a world of toothpicks, too much parkour, and aretrospective on the Nicholas Cage as Superman fiasco.
Jeremy Bowen, International Editor at the BBC sits down with One Decision shortly after returning from the Ukrainian frontline, having been embedded with troops as government forces retook control of the occupied city of Kherson last month. A huge victory for Kyiv and a humiliating setback for Putin, who has this week admitted on television that his 'special operation' is likely to take a long time to complete, and tried to downplay rumors swirling of a second mobilization for more soldiers to join his invasion. Meanwhile, United States intelligence says that the Russians and Ukrainians are likely to pause the fighting over the bitter winter period - though aerial bombardment on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities is causing devastation for civilians facing freezing temperatures with no heating, water, or electricity. The United Kingdom's Defence Ministry says that the Russians may be preparing to attack more cities close to the areas they control in the east of Ukraine. As always, we will have an analysis by One Decision's Sir Richard Dearlove, the former chief of MI6.
Imagine a world where secret government agencies used deep fakes to create evidence of events that never happened, and used... The post Subscribercast #70 – Deep Fakes and The Capture first appeared on Spy Culture.
The curtain closes on this year's "3 Non Bonds" series with 00-Taylor's choice of Carol Reed's "The Third Man". This influential British noir, set and filmed on location in post-war Austria, stars Joseph Cotten, Trevor Howard, Alida Valli and Orson Welles. Penned by ex-MI6 agent Graham Greene and boasting inspired involvements from Bernard Lee and Guy Hamilton, Reed's thriller is by no means short of Bond pedigree. Grab your galoshes and flashlights, friends, it's time to hit the Viennese sewers with us in search of The Third Man!
Y llega ese momento del mes que… no, ese no, el otro, el de que hacemos un listado de los estrenos del mes siguiente de menor a mayor hype que les generan a los dos energúmenos que lo graban (así que la culpa para ellos). Pues sí, es el momento del Top Ten Marciano de Estrenos de Diciembre. Para que no se diga, ponemos también aquí el listado de estrenos, y así lo teneis bien mascadito: 1. La Materia Oscura - HBO Max (6 dic) 2. The Witcher: El Origen de la Sangre - Netflix (25 dic) 3. El Menú - Cines (2 dic) 4. Avatar. El Sentido del Agua - Cines (16 dic) 5. Slow Horses T2 - Apple TV+ (2 dic) 6. Los Crímenes de la Academia - Cines (23 dic) 7. Mantícora - Cines (9 dic) 8. Jack Ryan T3 - Amazon Prime Video (21 dic) 9. Treason - Netflix (26 dic) 10. La Búsqueda: Más allá de la historia - Disney+ (14 dic) Y bueno, esto lo han grabado a pachas Rülo y Jose Contreras. De la edición se ha encargado Rülo, así que ya sabes, espérate hasta el final que le gusta poner escenas post-créditos más que a los montadores de Marvel. Como la cosa ha quedado muy de espías y el MI6 pues le hemos puesto musiquilla de James Bond (de las películas del personaje, no que el compositor se llame James Bond). Y como el número 1 ha sido La Materia Oscura, pues también hemos puesto su música (que además está muy bien). Escucha el episodio completo en la app de iVoox, o descubre todo el catálogo de iVoox Originals
Apocalypse Video Bond-Cast Mission Dossier: The Target: 1964's Goldfinger Your Contacts: Apocalypse Video (M)anager - Dave Agents - Mike & Jackie Mission Objectives: Discover where Bond bought that tantalizing blue romper. Alert HR at MI6 to 007's blatant sexual crimes in the field. Avoid detection from Goldfinger's machine gun toting-Granny guard. Additional Objectives: Rate, review and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. You can also Follow Us on Twitter, Like Us on Facebook, or shoot us an email at email@example.com. Got a movie you'd like us to watch? Hit us up and we'll talk about it on the show! The Apocalypse Video Bond Cast will return with…Thunderball.
For our third installment on China at a crossroads, we look at where President Xi Jinping is positioning China in the world order and what his politics means for Chinese expansionism, influence, and aggression in the wider region. Is he likely to make a move on Taiwan? Will the contested areas in the seas around China be a new arena for hostilities? Will the US and China eventually be forced to go head-to-head, or is there too much financial incentive to cooperate? Brig. Gen. David Stilwell was the American Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and an Air Force veteran of 35 years. A fluent Chinese and Korean speaker, he also served as Defense Attache at the US Embassy in Beijing and has been a close watcher of Chinese politics ever since. He sits down with One Decision for a look at China's place in the world at the beginning of Xi's third term, with our Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of MI6, providing exclusive analysis on what he thinks the world should do in response.
Researcher / writer Matthew Ehret joins me for an in-depth discussion of some of his recent work: particularly his excellent essay on Teilhard and transhumanism, and the deep connections to the deeper state, as well as his recent documentary on America's secret police and the overlap of secret societies and intelligence operations.
As the G20 was underway this week, global attention sharply focused on a tiny Polish village near the Ukrainian border. News came that a missile had killed two local residents. Russia insists it played no part in the incident, but as investigations progress, U.S. President Joe Biden, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and Polish President Duda all said preliminary findings indicate the explosion came from a Ukrainian air defense missile. What does this mean for Ukrainians, their supporters in the West, and Vladimir Putin? One Decision's Sir Richard Dearlove, former head of MI6 considers how this conflict is increasingly at risk of spilling beyond Russia's and Ukraine's borders.
Rose Brock, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Library Science at Sam Houston State University, is a veteran educator and advocate for using audiobooks as a tool for literacy and is the cofounder of the national literacy initiative Guys Listen, a part of the Guys Read literacy national program. Dr. Brock was awarded the Siddie Joe Johnson Award for Outstanding Service to Youth by the Texas Library Association and is cofounder of NTTBF, the North Texas Teen Book Festival. She is the editor of Hope Wins, Hope Nation: Young Adult Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration, and author of Young Adult Literature in Action: A Librarian's Guide. James Ponti is the New York Times bestselling author of three middle-grade book series: City Spies, about an unlikely squad of five kids from around the world who form an elite MI6 spy team; the Edgar Award-winning FRAMED! Series, about a pair of tweens who solve mysteries in Washington, DC; and the Dead City trilogy, about a secret society that polices the undead living beneath Manhattan. He lives with his family in Orlando, Florida. Jill Stedronsky is a teacher, professionally, and personally. She teaches 8th graders at William Annin Middle School in Basking Ridge, NJ for the past sixteen years. She is a teacher-consultant for the Drew Writing Project, an adjunct for Drew University, and a researcher. Her focus is intrinsic motivation. She strives to create an authentic environment for her students, and hopefully all students around the world, by motivating her students to read and write for real purposes! She co-authored a chapter with Dr. Kristen Hawley Turner, for the publication of her practice in “Inquiry Ignites! Pushing Back Against Traditional Literacy Instruction.” She hopes to help change curriculum worldwide.
Er hatte was von James Bond - nur doppelt so abgebrüht. Schließlich spionierte George Blake im Kalten Krieg für den britischen Geheimdienst und fürs sowjetische KGB. Doch der berühmte Doppelagent wurde enttarnt und kam ins Gefängnis, aus dem er - natürlich - spektakulär flüchtete... Autorin: Kerstin Hilt Von Kerstin Hilt.
MI6's James Bond: Eliminated Jason Bourne: Eliminated Jack Ryan: Eliminated U.N.C.L.E.'s Napoleon Solo: .... Active Dear friends, it's time to embark upon a new venture. Join us, as we head all the way back to 1964 and crack into a whole new series as we hunt down The Man from U.N.C.L.E.... It's time to Kill Napoleon Solo! ------ THE WINTER OF CONTENT The UCU has a fighting fund that you can contribute to here: https://www.ucu.org.uk/fightingfund If you do feel you have money to spare, please consider supporting your local food banks with money or time! donate to the Trussell Trust here: https://www.trusselltrust.org/make-a-donation/ or the Independent food aid network here: https://www.foodaidnetwork.org.uk/donate There are several ongoing strike funds that could do with some donations, and several can be found here: https://www.cwu.org/ Additionally, please consider joining a renter's union like ACORN, as rising mortgage rates will surely result in rising rent, here: https://www.acorntheunion.org.uk/join ------ Consider supporting us on our reasonably-priced patreon! https://www.patreon.com/killjamesbond ------ *WEB DESIGN ALERT* Tom Allen is a friend of the show (and the designer behind our website). If you need web design help, reach out to him here: https://www.tomallen.media/ Kill James Bond is hosted by Alice Caldwell-Kelly, Abigail Thorn, and Devon. You can find us at https://killjamesbond.com and https://twitter.com/killjamesbond
Did you know that MI6 waged a decade-long campaign to derail the political career of Charles Haughey? It's all detailed in David Burke's fascinating new book, called An Enemy Of The Crown: The British Secret Service Campaign Against Charles Haughey.
At one point in Episode 25, Jane and I were talking about keeping the plates spinning while drinking and I said something to the effect that being an alcoholic requires you to be leading at least two lives at the same time. That got me thinking about spies.Paul McCartney wrote one of the greatest spy movie themes ever. When I first heard “Live and Let Die,” I was 10 or 11 and I thought it was just the coolest song. One of the advantages of having an early morning paper route is that you can sing and hum and no one can hear you. I can remember softly singing this as I delivered papers in the dark:When you've got a job to doYou've got to do it wellYou've got to give the other fellow hell.I don't think the Des Moines Register was necessarily looking for that level of commitment from their carriers, but I was ready. So, like I said, Paul McCartney wrote one of the great spy movie themes of all time and then he wrote this:I've always been obsessed with spies and espionage. I was a lonely, shy kid and spent a lot of time watching everyone else. I had a difficult time connecting with people and always felt very awkward. Consequently, I tried to be a really keen observer of other people, why did they do the things they did, what were the appropriate reactions? I was a little like the young boy at the school befriended by Jim Prideaux in “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy”: “You're a good watcher, aren't you? You notice things.”Like every good spy story, mine evolved from being simply a “good watcher,” to realizing that I had tracks to cover, secrets to keep. I'm not sure when thoughts like that began to creep into my consciousness, but I quickly determined that my success in life, my ability to make friends, connect with people, generally get along in the world, required me to keep an awful lot of stuff secret. I came to believe there was a part of me that was so shameful, humiliating, wrong, bad, defective, that it could simply never be shared with other people.I'm pretty sure that narrative was a big part of the reason I saw such a bright light when I started drinking at 15 or 16. The strain of carrying around all of those secrets was already a lot. I'm sorry, don't get the idea that I drank because I liked the taste or just wanted to be popular at parties. By 17, I was sitting by myself at a bar in the afternoon. That's how deeply ingrained it was in me, how deeply cut that groove already was. I needed to drink—that question was already settled.I've told the story about the night I realized I was an alcoholic: The sudden realization, of course while drinking alone, that drinking was way too important to me, occupied way too big a part of my life, was really already beyond my control. The icy churn in my gut came from knowing that I couldn't even conceive of a situation where I could or would stop drinking. Now I had a real secret to keep:I was an actual teenage alcoholic.This was not a game to me, what was at stake was the most important thing in my life: My drinking. If I couldn't keep this secret, I'd lose it and that simply couldn't happen. It was a huge secret to keep and I did. I was a pretty f*****g awesome spy.By my Junior year of high school I was a pretty ferocious everyday drinker and weed smoker. I also played basketball, had a part-time job after school at the local newspaper and was the state debate champion. I think my debate coach was the only person who knew I was drinking, and he had no inkling how much. He walked past the scene of a Beach Party I had staged in my room at the Cedar Rapids Marriott and came to my very hungover breakfast table the next morning expressing concern, but suggesting that he knew it had been the work of "older kids." That was another important piece of the puzzle for this budding spy: I realized that people really didn't want to believe I was an alcoholic or had a problem. That was very, very useful knowledge and helped me keep drinking for the next four decades.I managed a pretty successful career, raised a family, had what looked like a pretty idyllic life and no one really suspected anything until it all finally blew up in 2011. My alcoholism came as a complete surprise to everyone, that's how well disguised it was. Well, I knew it was coming. I had known since that night at Magoo's in 1981. I knew there would be a day of catastrophe, when everything finally got discovered—I just didn't know when that was going to be.I'm fascinated by the story of how the British and Americans ultimately broke the German and Soviet codes in World War II. I think about Kim Philby and the Cambridge Five, who reached the highest levels of British society and the intelligence establishment, all while spying for the Soviets. Philby, who had risen to head of Counter Intelligence at MI6, had to know the Americans were steadily decrypting all of the intercepted Soviet communications from the war and that there was inevitably going to be a day when he would finally and inexorably be exposed as traitor.Back when I was 17, I listened to the Beatles, a lot. I loved the medley on the B side of Abbey Road, but I used to think it was weird that the words that resonated with this 17-year-old were from “Golden Slumber”:Once there was a way to get back homewardOnce there was a way to get back homeBoy, you're gonna carry that weight,Carry that weight a long timeI didn't understand why those words always hit me so hard until I read about Kim Philby and the Cambridge Five, then I completely understood the feeling of being incrementally crushed, a little every day, by the knowledge of the impending catastrophic discovery. The other thing that really struck me was the story of how the British, aided by the ULTRA decrypts, intercepted almost all of the German spies sent during the war and then doubled them back to provide false intelligence to the Nazis. The British literally hired an army of writers to concoct the back stories and fake intelligence and managed to keep the Germans thinking they had an intact ring of spies for most of the war. I thought that was brilliant and took careful note.I started trying to get sober in 2010 and quickly realized that I wasn't interested in actually giving up drinking. It occurred to me that most of my problems came from people knowing that I was drinking. If I could just do a better job of hiding it, well, that would be way better than having to give it up. For the next 10 years, my life was a mix of actual attempts to get sober interspersed with fictional periods of sobriety. It was a horrifying, wilderness of mirrors way to live. I'm not sure I knew myself when I was trying and when I was pretending.I dated someone for 18 months and pretended to be sober the entire time. I drank almost every day and even though she lived only three blocks from my house and we saw each other nearly every day, well, she had no idea until the very end. When she broke up with me, she asked if I had been drunk on the night of our first date. The first date where I told her that I was a “recovering alcoholic” and had been sober for “ a while.” I fooled everyone, friends, wives, colleagues, bosses, my kids, everyone, and for a long, long time. That doesn't really generate any feelings of pride in my tradecraft.Like CIA agents working in Moscow, I needed to generate time in the “Black” to do my drinking. Since my drinking occupied several hours a day, every day, it became necessary to generate an entire fictional life to cover over the fact that my real life was mostly spent on a collection of carefully located and concealed bar stools. I told my girlfriend I was seeing friends, going to church, going to a meeting, going to a game, whatever lie was necessary to generate an hour or two when I could peacefully drink without fear of being discovered. I was exactly like the British writers conjuring up lives of actually-imprisoned spies.There's always a whiff of romance and intrigue and elegance in spy movies. But that is a fantasy. The actual life of a spy is small and dark and lonely and limned with fear. I lived that way for 40 years and did it in service to what I thought was my most important strategic interest—my drinking. That's not a pleasant realization.Kim Philby drank away the last years of his life in Moscow and though he had the Order of Lenin pinned to his jacket, I'll bet he also realized that he had given his entire life in the service of a monstrous lie. When my very elaborately-conceived deception operation finally collapsed, I realized the secret I had been protecting almost my entire life was the thing actually destroying it.“Spies Like Us” was a terrible movie and Dan Ackroyd and Chevy Chase were horrible at even acting like spies. I wish I'd been more like them. I wish I had been a shittier spy, a less accomplished liar, a little less skilled at sowing doubt and confusion. I wish I hadn't made people believe me so much. I wish I'd been hapless and bungling and hadn't been able to keep my stories straight. That would have saved a lot of people a lot of heartache. I look back on big chunks of my life and wonder whether it was really ever me or was all it just an operation? Was it all just a cover I was building? Those questions are sort of academic at this point. That water is well past the bridge.The adult version of me took complete responsibility for my decision to live life like a spy. The choice I thought I had made to conceal and protect what was most important to me: drinking. I've never really told that part of my story before and revisiting that young secret agent really stirred up a lot in me. I usually speak very matter of factly about the origin story of my alcoholism. If I qualify at a meeting, I typically just say that I started drinking at 15 or 16 and was a “white light drinker.” That's my pet phrase, Dr. Ruth Fox, who wrote an amazing book in 1955 titled simply, “Alcoholism: Its Scope, Cause and Treatment” describes someone like me as a “Primary Addict:”The primary addict, from his first introduction to beverage alcohol, uses it as an aid to adjust to his environment.Alcoholism, p. 142She goes on to describe me a little more thoroughly:The primary addict is one in whom the predisposing traits are so developed and so sharply marked that his first recourse to this socially approved narcotic is only a matter of time..In the case of the primary addict, the decisive symptom, loss of control, appears early in his drinking history. Thereafter, his own sense of self-esteem, depreciated to begin with, will take a merciless pounding…If he thought he was unworthy before, now he is given proof.Alcoholism, p. 143-44The process of recruiting agents, “assets,” usually involves identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities. It's not a very pretty or kind process and it often involves luring someone to cross a line they may not have even known was even there. That's pretty much how alcohol worked on me. Once that line is crossed and the subject realizes they are now complicit, how much they now have to lose, well, that's when the trap closes and no one has too much of a choice after that. “Choice” is the funny word. People often like to describe addicts and alcoholics as people who make “bad choices.” For sure we do, lots and lots of them. I am coming to see those “choices” as symptoms of my addiction, not the cause of it.Sure, I made that choice to drink that first drink, take that first hit of weed way back in 1977 or 1978. I had no real idea back then, that “choice” meant enlisting in a lifetime of deception in service of a terrible secret. I only knew that from the time I first started drinking, it was something that was “necessary” for me, not something I did for fun. Drinking for me was kind of how I imagined eating without taste buds would be. It's something I had to have. I was convinced I couldn't navigate the world without it.The Big Book talks about alcoholics reaching the point of no return, for me, that happened frighteningly early. I had no idea where I was headed or how long I would struggle. I had no idea there was even a line to be crossed. The horrible thing is that I think, even if someone blessed with foreknowledge of all of the pain and struggle and heartbreak that was waiting in front of me had been siting in that awful black vinyl booth with me at Magoo's that night back in 1981, I'm pretty sure I would have still ordered that third drink. I see now that I never had a choice. I did what I thought was necessary and once I crossed that invisible line, well, it became an imperative. Already weighed down with the crushing shame and fear of being an alcoholic, that 17 year-old didn't make a choice, didn't really have a choice. He just knew he had to keep the secret.It turns out the secret wasn't so terrible and wasn't much of a secret by the end. What was terrible, was living that way for 40 years. It's heartbreaking to look back. The sadness is for someone who took on the burden of an overwhelming secret way too early. Keeping that secret for so long cost him a lot and was a very, very lonely business. I know him pretty well, he never meant to hurt anyone, and that's still the hardest thing he carries around. He just knew he didn't fit in the world as is and he did the best he could. I have a ton of respect for him; he took on that pretty heavy burden and carried it for a long, long time. He was resourceful, never quit and was so brave. And despite it all, all of the failures to come, the losses, the relapses, everything, I realize now he never gave up believing there was a way back home.In real life, espionage is a capital crime That's why, in the real world, being discovered as a spy is typically a pretty unfortunate thing. Me finally being discovered as a spy? I think the end of my career as a spy is probably when my life actually began again.Thanks for Letting Me Share This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit thanksforlettingmeshare.substack.com
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Do you like fruit? Of course not but we tell our children we do because we want them to believe the ridiculous lie that fruit is real food, and that is what's important. I have an apple pretty much every day, that's how sound I am. We discuss the use of fruit in films and given their myriad of uses - mainly for smashing into during car chases or f****g - there is a lot to choose from. Legendary British comic book writer Warren Ellis co-created a three issue DC Comics series called RED that inspired the 2010 action-comedy which is the subject of this week's review. Whilst Bruce Willis might be on familiar ground as former black-ops agent Frank Moses, director Robert Schwentke assembles an unlikely cast to support him which includes Morgan Freeman as his CIA mentor, John Malkovich as a victim of illegal experimentation, subjected to daily doses of LSD for years, Helen Mirren as a retired MI6 assassin and Brian Cox as an ex-KGB officer who is still in love with her. This one really runs the gamut from average to mediocre, though anyone who can't enjoy Dame Helen wielding an enormous belt-fed machine gun or Brian Cox hamming it up more than Miss Piggy's bacon sandwich is dead inside. GREEN EGGS AND HAM was the result of a bet between medical professional impersonator Dr Seuss and his publicist that he couldn't write a novel using only 50 words and the fact that the prestige-fraud claiming quack successfully produced one of the best-selling kids' books of all time conclusively proves that children are idiots. This 23-episode Netflix adaptation features striking visuals and a strong cast including Michael Douglas, Adam Devine, Keegan-Michael Key and Eddie Izzard but that doesn't stop us from asking the important questions like just why is the titular food green and what might the devious Sam-I-Am be hiding? Watch out for an explosive finale to the review where two of the guys say they will watch more of this, and the other dad beats them to death for their lies and insolence.We love to hear from our listeners! By which I mean we tolerate it. Try us on twitter @dads_film, on Facebook Bad Dads Film Review, on email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on our website baddadsfilm.com. Until next time, we remain... Bad Dads
Find out what John Sweeney really thinks about his interview with Christopher Steele, the former MI6 officer and the man behind the Trump dossier in Sweeney Keeps Talking. Available exclusively on Global Player. https://www.globalplayer.com/podcasts/42KuWb/ Download it from the App store or go to globalplayer.com If you're already on Global Player, search 'Sweeney Keeps Talking'.
Said to be the inspiration for Ian Fleming's iconic James Bond character, Sidney Reilly (c. 1873–1925) is one of the most colorful and best–known spies of the 20th century.Join us with historian Benny Morris, author of the new Jewish Lives biography Sidney Reilly: Master Spy, as we sift through the reality and the myth of Reilly's life and uncover a fascinating portrait of one of the most intriguing figures from the golden age of spies.
Once deemed “an enemy of Mother Russia” by an FSB agent, Christopher Steele was high up in secret intelligence circles at the start of Vladimir Putin's rule. After 22 years serving Britain at MI6, Chris compiled an explosive report on the influence of the Russian secret state on then Presidential Republican candidate Donald Trump. Trump denied it all and Britain's quiet man in the shadows was thrust into the media's spotlight. He was in deep, deep trouble. For exclusive bonus content visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/podcasts/42KuWb/
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The former head of MI6 does not often take questions from the public. To mark One Decision's first year, Sir Richard Dearlove agreed to take a few submitted by our listeners via social media and the web site. He provides analysis, intrigue and his behind-the-scenes insights on the issues that are on the top of your minds. We look back at pivotal points in recent history like the Iraq War and the role that intelligence played in the West's decision to go to war. We look ahead to what China is likely to do on Taiwan. We look around at how the world is responding to the threats of climate change, changing demographics, and our polarizing political environment. This is a truly unique episode created by our audience across the globe.
In August 2010, Gareth Williams was found dead in his apartment in London. Gareth was found zipped up and locked inside a sports bag. His body was contorted to an extreme degree, and it appeared as though there was no way he climbed into that bag on his own. Join Mike and Gibby as they continue their discussion about the mysterious death of Gareth Williams. This was not a routine death investigation. It came out that he was also an employee of Government Communication Headquarters, the UK intelligence and security organization, and was working with MI6 at the time of his death. In part two, they will cover the official coroner's inquest and the differing conclusions from the coroner and the police. You can help support the show at patreon.com/truecrimeallthetime Visit the show's website at truecrimeallthetime.com for contact ,merchandise, and donation information An Emash Digital production
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In August 2010, Gareth Williams was found dead in his apartment in London. Gareth was found zipped up and locked inside a sports bag. His body was contorted to an extreme degree, and it appeared as though there was no way he climbed in that bag on his own. Join Mike and Gibby as they discuss the mysterious death of Gareth Williams. This was not a routine death investigation. It came out that he was also an employee of Government Communication Headquarters, the UK intelligence and security organization, and was working with MI6 at the time of his death. You can help support the show at patreon.com/truecrimeallthetime Visit the show's website at truecrimeallthetime.com for contact ,merchandise, and donation information An Emash Digital production
Sign up for Intelligence Squared Premium here: https://iq2premium.supercast.com/ for ad-free listening, bonus content, early access and much more. See below for details. They are the titans of the spy novel, who have elevated thrillers to the level of literary fiction. Much imitated, much adapted by the big and small screens, Ian Fleming and John Le Carré have painted our picture of post-war espionage: Fleming through the dashing figure of James Bond, with his lush locations and Martinis as icy as his heart; Le Carré through his damning portrait of the British secret service drawn from his own time in MI5 and MI6. But which of the two novelists is the greater? In this thrilling contest, Fleming's case will made by Anthony Horowitz, creator of the bestselling Alex Rider spy novels and author of the official Bond continuation novel Trigger Mortis. Championing Le Carré – whose memoir about his life as a former spy currently sits in the bestseller lists – will be David Farr, Emmy-nominated screenwriter of the BBC's adaptation of The Night Manager. Actors Lesley Manville, Simon Callow, Matthew Lewis and Alex Macqueen join us to bring both authors' works to life along with our host, author and critic Erica Wagner. … We are incredibly grateful for your support. To become an Intelligence Squared Premium subscriber, follow the link: https://iq2premium.supercast.com/ Here's a reminder of the benefits you'll receive as a subscriber: Ad-free listening, because we know some of you would prefer to listen without interruption One early episode per week Two bonus episodes per month A 25% discount on IQ2+, our exciting streaming service, where you can watch and take part in events live at home and enjoy watching past events on demand and without ads A 15% discount and priority access to live, in-person events in London, so you won't miss out on tickets Our premium monthly newsletter Intelligence Squared Merch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A report by journalist Pepe Escobar, citing sources in Russian intelligence, claims that the bombing of the Crimea Bridge was orchestrated by MI6. It remains to be seen how far Russia goes with its response. 5) Russian sources claim that the Crimea Bridge bombing was the work of British intelligence; 4) Election software company went from subject of “election deniers” conspiracy theory to conspiracy fact in 24 hours; 3) SCOTUS to hear case that could make your bacon more expensive; 2) Birth rates unexpectedly dropping, but media says it's a good thing; 1) Murder hornet hunters find giant nest in a park restroom.
It's been a jam-packed week of cyberlaw news, but the big debate of the episode is triggered by the White House blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights. I've just released a long post about the campaign to end “AI bias” in general, and the blueprint in particular. In my view, the bill of rights will end up imposing racial and gender (and intersex!) quotas on a vast swath of American life. Nick Weaver argues that AI is in fact a source of secondhand racism and sexism, something that will not be fixed until we do a better job of forcing the algorithm to explain how it arrives at the outcomes it produces. We do not agree on much, but we do agree that lack of explainability is a big problem for the new technology. President Biden has issued an executive order meant to resolve the U.S.-EU spat over transatlantic data flows. At least for a few years, until the anti-American EU Court of Justice finds it wanting again. Nick and I explore some of the mechanics. I think it's bad for the privacy of U.S. persons and for the comprehensibility of U.S. intelligence reports, but the judicial system the order creates is cleverly designed to discourage litigant grandstanding. Matthew Heiman covers the biggest CISO, or chief information security officer, news of the week, the month, and the year—the criminal conviction of Uber's CSO, Joe Sullivan, for failure to disclose a data breach to the Federal Trade Commission. He is less surprised by the verdict than others, but we agree that it will change the way CISO's do their job and relate to their fellow corporate officers. Brian Fleming joins us to cover an earthquake in U.S.-China tech trade—the sweeping new export restrictions on U.S. chips and technology. This will be a big deal for all U.S. tech companies, we agree, and probably a disaster for them in the long run if U.S. allies don't join the party. I go back to dig a little deeper on two cases we covered with just a couple of hours' notice last week—the Supreme Court's grant of review in two cases touching on Big Tech's liability for hosting the content of terror groups. It turns out that only one of the cases is likely to turn on Section 230. That's Google's almost laughable claim that holding YouTube liable for recommending terrorist videos is holding it liable as a publisher. The other case will almost certainly turn on when distribution of terrorist content can be punished as “material assistance” to terror groups. Brian walks us through the endless negotiations between TikTok and the U.S. over a security deal. We are both puzzled over the partisanization of TikTok security, although I suggest a reason why that might be happening. Matthew catches us up on a little-covered Russian hack and leak operation aimed at former MI6 boss Richard Dearlove and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Matthew gives Dearlove's security awareness a low grade. Finally, two updates: Nick catches us up on the Elon Musk-Twitter fight. Nick's gloating now, but he is sure he'll be booted off the platform when Musk takes over. And I pass on some very unhappy feedback from a friend at the Election Integrity Partnership (EIP), who feels we were too credulous in commenting on a JustTheNews story that left a strong impression of unseemly cooperation in suppressing election integrity misinformation. The EIP's response makes several good points in its own defense, but I remain concerned that the project as a whole raises real concerns about how tightly Silicon Valley embraced the suppression of speech “delegitimizing” election results.
The United Nations General Assembly puts the most powerful leaders on the planet in one room. But, what do they really end up accomplishing during their time together? Critics say it is little more than a lot of grandstanding wrapped around a thin layer of grandiose ambitions that seldom produce much impact. We took the question to ambassadors and other senior officials. Is this expensive event effective for the people they represent and if so how? You will not want to miss their take on what is (and mostly what is not) working. We then look at what reform might involve for the body and its biggest global gathering with our resident analyst Sir Richard Dearlove, who formerly led the British intelligence agency MI6. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Agent Scott welcomes actor Joseph Millson to the show to talk about his experiences playing MI6 agent Carter in Casino Royale's spectacular Madagascar sequence. He also shares stories about directing his recent short film Care, as well as about his impressive theatre work. Check out Joseph's film Care on YouTube, or purchase his book "Work ...And Other Four-Letter Words" on Amazon. Become a SpyHards Patron and gain access to top secret "Agents in the Field" bonus episodes, movie commentaries and more! Pick up exclusive SpyHards merch, including the new "What Does Vargas Do?" t-shirt by @shaylayy, available only at Redbubble Social media: @spyhards View the NOC List and the Disavowed List at Letterboxd.com/spyhards Podcast artwork by Hannah Hughes. Theme music by Doug Astley.