187 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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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.

    The legal case for the victims of Havana Syndrome with Mark S. Zaid

    The legal case for the victims of Havana Syndrome with Mark S. Zaid

    On today’s podcast, Chris is joined by national security Lawyer Mark S. Zaid. They discuss the legal case for the victims of the Anomalous Health Incidents, more popularly known as Havana Syndrome. Mark discusses the US government's denial and how that affects his clients, who have had their lives disrupted by these alleged attacks. 

    You can find out more about Mark and his work here: https://markzaid.com/

    You can follow Mark on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/MarkSZaidEsq

    If you feel politicians and decision-makers should be doing more to help the victims of these attacks, 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/



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    • 54 min
    Directed energy and Havana Syndrome with Dr. James Giordano

    Directed energy and Havana Syndrome with Dr. James Giordano

    Find out about the secret world of directed energy research and Havana Syndrome.

    • 57 min
    Former US Navy Captain Gene Moran on the Houthi threat in the Red Sea

    Former US Navy Captain Gene Moran on the Houthi threat in the Red Sea

    On today’s podcast, Chris is joined by Former US Navy Destroyer Captain Gene Moran to discuss the Houthi Threat in the Red Sea. In this episode, they look at the background of the Houthis, the threat that they pose, and how the US Navy and its allies are dealing with that threat. They then discuss life on a ship during a time of conflict and finish up with Gene explaining what more he thinks could be done to counter this threat. 

    You can find out more about Gene and his work here: 
    https://www.genemoran.com/

    You can connect with Gene on LinkedIn here: 
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/genemoran

    Check out Gene’s books on his Amazon page: 
    https://www.amazon.com/stores/Gene-Moran/author/B07YW9RLMD?ref=ap_rdr&isDramIntegrated=true&shoppingPortalEnabled=true

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    • 55 min
    Espresso Martini: Putin exploits ISIS-K attack, House Republicans hold up US aid to Ukraine, and new Havana Syndrome information.

    Espresso Martini: Putin exploits ISIS-K attack, House Republicans hold up US aid to Ukraine, and new Havana Syndrome information.

    On today’s episode, we are going to look at Putin exploiting the ISIS-K attack for his war on Ukraine, House Republicans holding up US aid to Ukraine, and we will wrap up looking at new revelations on Havana Syndrome.

    Then we will move to our Patreon only show “Extra Shot”. On that we will look at Chinese Disinformation efforts targeting the US elections, a Chinese Drone flying over the Sea of Japan, the results of a recent survey that suggests some US gun owners would engage in political violence, and we wrap up looking at Hollywood’s depiction of espionage in Film & TV. 


    You will need to be a Patreon subscriber to get access to Extra Shot. Click here to subscribe and listen to Extra Shot: https://www.patreon.com/posts/extra-shot-13-04-102258042?utm_medium=clipboard_copy&utm_source=copyLink&utm_campaign=postshare_creator&utm_content=join_link



    Articles discussed:
    https://cepa.org/article/moscow-terror-attack-a-lie-too-good-to-waste/

    https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/01/us/politics/mike-johnson-ukraine-aid.html

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/apr/08/mike-johnson-ukraine-aid-congress-republicans

    https://theins.ru/en/politics/270425


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    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

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