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In Intelligence Matters, former acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell, speaks with top leaders of the U.S. intelligence community as they reflect on their life, career and the critical roles they play in shaping national security policies. As a central figure in the most significant U.S. counter-terror efforts of the past two decades and a former CIA intelligence analyst, Morell is uniquely skilled at taking industry leading knowledge to make connections that provide deep insight into complex security events – helping decode intelligence officials’ key priorities and providing perspectives on how to achieve national security objectives. Morell is the author of “The Great War of Our Time” and a vivid account of the Central Intelligence Agency, a life in secrets, and a war in the shadows.

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In Intelligence Matters, former acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell, speaks with top leaders of the U.S. intelligence community as they reflect on their life, career and the critical roles they play in shaping national security policies. As a central figure in the most significant U.S. counter-terror efforts of the past two decades and a former CIA intelligence analyst, Morell is uniquely skilled at taking industry leading knowledge to make connections that provide deep insight into complex security events – helping decode intelligence officials’ key priorities and providing perspectives on how to achieve national security objectives. Morell is the author of “The Great War of Our Time” and a vivid account of the Central Intelligence Agency, a life in secrets, and a war in the shadows.

    The Threat of Bioweapons: West Point Biochemist Dr. Kenneth Wickiser

    The Threat of Bioweapons: West Point Biochemist Dr. Kenneth Wickiser

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, Michael Morell speaks with Dr. Ken Wickiser, a biochemist and the Associate Dean of Research at the United States Military Academy at West Point, about his piece “Engineered Pathogens and Unnatural Biological Weapons: The Future Threat of Synthetic Biology.” Wickiser describes the growing influence of synthetic biology and what can happen if it gets in the wrong hands.

    • 36 min
    A Firsthand Account of the Capitol Insurrection: Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA)

    A Firsthand Account of the Capitol Insurrection: Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA)

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, Michael Morell speaks with Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-VA). Spanberger, who previously served as an operations officers for the United States Postal Service and as an operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency, and was inside the House chamber during the assault on the U.S. Capitol. She discusses how her CIA training prepared her for this unprecedented moment in U.S. history, and describes the crucial moments leading up to the evacuation of her and her colleagues.

    • 40 min
    American Withdrawal in the Middle East: The Atlantic Council's Will Wechsler

    American Withdrawal in the Middle East: The Atlantic Council's Will Wechsler

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, Michael Morell speaks with Will Wechsler, the director of Middle East programs at the Atlantic Council, about why the Middle East is still of strategic importance to the United States. Wechsler discusses the perception in the Middle East that the U.S. is withdrawing, the influx of young men in the region, and the potential for more negotiations after the Abraham Accords. 

    • 35 min
    DECLASSIFIED: Former CIA Officer Marc Polymeropoulos on the Triple Agent

    DECLASSIFIED: Former CIA Officer Marc Polymeropoulos on the Triple Agent

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell interviews Marc Polymeropoulos, former senior CIA intelligence service officer who had a 26-year career in public service. Marc looks back to the day that seven service members were lost to suicide bomber Humam al-Balawi, who at the time, was working as a double agent. Marc talks about why it was important to interview al-Balawi in person, the mistakes that were made, and what important lessons he still keeps with him.

    • 34 min
    A Closer Look at the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi: Filmmaker Bryan Fogel

    A Closer Look at the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi: Filmmaker Bryan Fogel

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell interviews director Bryan Fogel. Fogel won an Academy Award for his last film Icarus, and now previews his latest film, The Dissident: The Untold Story of the Murder That Shook the World. Set to be released on January 8th, the movie is based the murder of beloved Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Fogel describes how trust played a key role in obtaining his unprecedented access to Turkish intelligence transcripts on the murder, his inspiration for the movie and what change he hopes will come from the release.  

    • 41 min
    Disinformation as a National Security Issue: Former NSA General Counsel Glenn Gerstell

    Disinformation as a National Security Issue: Former NSA General Counsel Glenn Gerstell

    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, Michael Morell speaks with former General Counsel at NSA Glenn Gerstell about why tackling disinformation on social media is a national security issue. Glenn outlines legal, technological and policy approaches the new administration can take to combat the spread of disinformation on social media.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.6K Ratings

2.6K Ratings

-c peters ,

Amazing account from the inside

Overall I love the show, it gives me a great perspective of I have the intelligence community works, is comprised of and the importance of these men and women in the field. Our host does a fantastic job in part because of his experience and connections with the people being interviewed. However he does equallyAmazing job of taking the audience, most of whom are not connected with the intelligence community, and bridging the gap. The latest episode with the congresswoman from Virginia inside the capital building while the insurrection was happening was absolutely outstanding.

Kudos to another amazing show!

Tymahz Toumadje ,

“Intelligence Matters” is a Top-Notch Podcast

Intelligence Matters is an amazing, unique look at the Intelligence Community and how it operates throughout the world.

resusmedic ,

Disappointed in political bias

Good content but disappointed in the left leaning bias that this show has. The intelligence community is supposed to be apolitical and that is often times said in the show, yet Michael continually has left leaning and prominent members of the Democratic Party on his show. It’s embarrassing to me as a member of the IC that he is bringing politics into a show about a community of professionals that are to remain apolitical to best serve our country.

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