183 episodes

Secrets & Spies aims to seek out and engage in meaningful discussions with experts and practitioners about espionage, terrorism, geopolitics and intrigue.

Not all episodes are directly about espionage as some topics, such as terrorism, are pretty complex and require a look at the underlying ideology behind it to lead to a deeper understanding of the topic.

Also, due to the nature of the podcast topics, some episodes delve into the contemporary politics behind an issue. The podcast does its best to remain balanced. However, the show does take a critical view of the MAGA movement, far-left/far-right politics and Trumpism.

Secrets and Spies - A Spy & Geopolitics Podcast Secrets & Spies

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    • 4.8 • 84 Ratings

Secrets & Spies aims to seek out and engage in meaningful discussions with experts and practitioners about espionage, terrorism, geopolitics and intrigue.

Not all episodes are directly about espionage as some topics, such as terrorism, are pretty complex and require a look at the underlying ideology behind it to lead to a deeper understanding of the topic.

Also, due to the nature of the podcast topics, some episodes delve into the contemporary politics behind an issue. The podcast does its best to remain balanced. However, the show does take a critical view of the MAGA movement, far-left/far-right politics and Trumpism.

    Dr Gubad Ibadoghlu imprisoned in Azerbaijan

    Dr Gubad Ibadoghlu imprisoned in Azerbaijan

    On today’s podcast, we are joined by Ibad Bayramov, and we discuss the imprisonment of his father, Dr Gubad Ibadoghlu, in Azerbaijan.

    Dr Ibadoghlu is an economics professor who was a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and a leading figure in the opposition in Azerbaijan. In July 2023, he was arrested and held by Azerbaijan authorities while visiting family. He is facing up to 12 years in prison for the production, acquisition, or sale of counterfeit money by an organised group and allegedly possessing extremist material—charges he denies.

    Find out more about Dr Ibadoghlu at the Gubad Files Website: https://thegubadfiles.com/

    You can connect with and follow Ibad here:  https://twitter.com/BayramovIbad

    Ibad’s sister Zhala is also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BayramovaZhala


    You can contact Politicians via the links below:

    Contact your Senator: https://www.senate.gov/senators/senators-contact.htm
    Contact your MP: https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-an-mp-or-lord/contact-your-mp/


    You can read more on some of the topics Ibad mentions about the political situation in Azerbaijan

    Detention of Dr Gubad Ibadoghlu
    https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/61412/detention-of-dr-gubad-ibadoghlu-in-azerbaijan

    https://www.bushcenter.org/publications/the-struggle-for-freedom-an-azerbaijani-economist-who-stands-up-to-aliyevs-kleptocracy

    Concerns about Dr Ibadoghlu’s health
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/sep/14/health-of-lse-academic-detained-in-azerbaijan-at-risk-say-family

    US could do more to help Dr Ibadoghlu
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2023/08/11/united-states-must-do-more-help-gubad-ibadoghlu/

    Doubt about the validity of Azerbaijan’s elections
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-68237326

    Caviar diplomacy
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caviar_diplomacy

    Pandora Papers
    https://www.rferl.org/a/pandora-papers-tax-havens/31490744.html
    https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/oct/03/queen-crown-estate-bought-property-family-azerbaijan-ruler

    Azerbaijani Laundromat
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/04/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-azerbaijani-laundromat

    Azerbaijan adopt harsh tactics against the opposition
    https://eurasianet.org/azerbaijani-government-adopts-still-harsher-tactics-against-opposition

    Human Rights report on Azerbaijan - Torture and Ill-Treatment in Detention
    https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2023/country-chapters/azerbaijan

    BP and Azerbijan
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2023/nov/08/bp-projects-have-helped-fund-azerbaijan-military-aggession-say-campaigners

    UK Gov Risk Guidance on doing business in Azerbaijan
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/overseas-business-risk-azerbaijan/overseas-business-risk-azerbaijan


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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Moscow ISIS-K attack, Ukriane update and Ukraine Intelligence

    Moscow ISIS-K attack, Ukriane update and Ukraine Intelligence

    In today’s episode, we welcome Dr Taras Kuzio, who has just returned from a trip to Ukraine.

    Dr. Taras Kuzio is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy and an Associate Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society. Winner of the 2022 Peterson Literary Prize for Russian Nationalism and the Russian-Ukrainian War: Autocracy-Orthodoxy-Nationality (Routledge, 2022).

    In the first section, we discuss the recent ISIS-K terrorist attack in Moscow and how President Putin is capitalising on that atrocity and attempting to blame Ukraine. We look at new Ukrainian tactics against Russia and an increasingly risk-averse US government to give Ukraine what it needs to defeat Russia.

    We then shift focus to Dr Kuzio’s trip to Ukraine, in which he shares his observations, and then we look at how President Zelensky is holding up after recent reports that he has been at loggerheads with senior members of the Ukraine military. We also discuss some of the talking points about Ukraine on both sides of the political spectrum in the British and American press.

    After the break, we’ll shift our focus to the lesser-known realm of the Ukrainian intelligence services and special forces, shedding light on their roles and actions.

    So, it’s a pretty jam-packed episode, and we end with a few bonus questions about the Nord Stream pipeline attack, a strange conversation I had with a taxi driver in London about Ukraine that left me scratching my head, and a brief chat about Alexi Navalny’s links to the Russian far-right.

    So pour yourself your favourite drink, make yourself comfortable and immerse yourself in an episode packed with revelations, analysis, and unexpected stories.

    Lawrence Freedman Substack mentioned:
    https://substack.com/profile/69709932-lawrence-freedman

    New York Times Article mentioned:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/25/world/europe/cia-ukraine-intelligence-russia-war.html

    Connect with Dr Kuzio: https://twitter.com/TarasKuzio


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    • 2 hrs 10 min
    Easter sample of Extra Shot our Patreon only show.

    Easter sample of Extra Shot our Patreon only show.

    As it's the Easter weekend, Chris and Matt are away. So today, we are going to share a sample episode of "Extra Shot," our Patreon-only show that immediately follows each episode of "Espresso Martini."

    To get access to future and past episodes of "Extra Shot" please subscribe here:
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    In this edition of Extra Shot, we will look at recommendations for a shake-up of British intelligence, the arrest of an alleged member of the Red Army Faction in Germany, we also look at the conviction of a left-wing terrorist in the UK and a cyber-attack against an Iranian spy ship. 

    Links to articles discussed:

    https://therecord.media/british-former-spy-chiefs-shakeup

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-68415892

    https://news.sky.com/story/left-wing-anarchist-guilty-of-terror-offences-after-declaring-he-wanted-to-kill-mps-13072775

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/investigations/us-conducted-cyberattack-suspected-iranian-spy-ship-rcna138638

    NSPCC: “Spotting the signs of radicalisation”

    https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/reporting-abuse/dedicated-helplines/protecting-children-from-radicalisation/


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    • 54 min
    Espresso Martini: Tactical nukes, Spies in Brussels, Turkish spies in the West and more

    Espresso Martini: Tactical nukes, Spies in Brussels, Turkish spies in the West and more

    On today’s episode, we are going to look at how close we got to Russia using nukes in Ukraine, spies wining and dining in Brussels, Russia setting up fake news sites and more.

    Then we will move to our Patreon-only show, “Extra Shot”. On that, we will look at how to run a CIA station abroad, SAS soldiers accused of murder, reports that the King has died and more.

    Get Patreon access to Extra Shot here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/extra-shot-23rd-100909002?utm_medium=clipboard_copy&utm_source=copyLink&utm_campaign=postshare_creator&utm_content=join_link

    Articles

    https://www.cnn.com/2024/03/09/politics/us-prepared-rigorously-potential-russian-nuclear-strike-ukraine?cid=ios_app

    https://www.politico.eu/article/belgian-justice-minister-only-tip-iceberg-brussels-spy-problem-known/

    https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/07/business/media/russia-us-news-sites.html

    https://www.axios.com/2024/03/10/antarctica-china-science-geopolitics

    https://nordicmonitor.com/2024/03/turkey-escalates-covert-intelligence-activities-in-europe-and-north-america/

    Our restaurant recommendation in Brussels: Meet Meat Steak & Wine House
    https://meetmeat.be/


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    • 1 hr 17 min
    The US government’s search for alien life with Garrett Graff

    The US government’s search for alien life with Garrett Graff

    On today’s episode, Matt is joined by investigative journalist, bestselling author, and Pulitzer Prize finalist Garrett Graff. His latest book, “UFO: The Inside Story of the US Government's Search for Alien Life Here—and Out There,” draws from original archival research, declassified documents, and interviews with senior intelligence and military officials to explore America’s obsession with UFOs and the government’s decades-long pursuit of answers to the age-old question: Are we alone in the universe?

    Purchase UFO on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/UFO-Inside-Governments-Search-Here_and/dp/1982196777/

    Garrett’s website: https://www.garrettgraff.com/

    Follow Garrett on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vermontgmg

    Follow Garrett on Threads: https://www.threads.net/@vermontgmg

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    • 51 min
    The Discord Leaks with Shane Harris

    The Discord Leaks with Shane Harris

    On today’s episode, The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning intelligence correspondent, Shane Harris, joins Matt to discuss the “Discord Leaks” and the air national guardsman who, earlier this week, pleaded guilty to charges of willful retention and transmission of US national defense information, an act that’s been called the largest disclosure of classified material in years. Shane shares his reporting on who this man is, what he leaked, and his bewildering motivations for doing so.

    Read Shane’s reporting for The Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/shane-harris/

    Watch the Post and PBS Frontline’s documentary on the leaks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkgkBEuEHwU

    Follow Shane on Twitter: https://twitter.com/shaneharris

    Follow Shane on Threads: https://www.threads.net/@shanewharris

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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

D joiner ,

Great Podcast

Great podcast, always has interesting and informative guests, especially liking the new ‘Espresso Martini’ episodes, the hosts often pick up on news or nuances within existing news stories the ‘mainstream’ media misses.

P. S. Doff ,

The Bible for Libel

Just an FYI, in the UK, people are presumed innocent until proven guilty, yet all the discussion about Chris Cash assumed his guilt and even talked about invented recruitment scenarios that were woven out of whole cloth. It’s not the first time I’ve heard the host so this type of thing - I realise he idolises the intelligence services/law enforcement but he should remember that they sometimes get things wrong.

Geopolitica ,

Interesting but…

Interesting enough, but when the host keeps on getting the names of the countries he’s talking about wrong it becomes too infuriating to continue listening.

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