118 episodes

Covert Contact covers the key national security, intelligence, and technology stories that are shaping our world.



Covert Contact is hosted by Blogs of War creator John W. Little. His work and analysis has been featured on the BBC, CNN, CBC, ABC (Australia), PBS Newshour, Fast Company, CBS, and other international media outlets. The Blogs of War Twitter feed, @Blogsofwar, was selected as one of the top Twitter accounts of 2014 by Time magazine.

Covert Contact John W. Little

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    • 4.5 • 154 Ratings

Covert Contact covers the key national security, intelligence, and technology stories that are shaping our world.



Covert Contact is hosted by Blogs of War creator John W. Little. His work and analysis has been featured on the BBC, CNN, CBC, ABC (Australia), PBS Newshour, Fast Company, CBS, and other international media outlets. The Blogs of War Twitter feed, @Blogsofwar, was selected as one of the top Twitter accounts of 2014 by Time magazine.

    Shortwave Numbers Stations | Episode 118

    Shortwave Numbers Stations | Episode 118

    Scot Terban joined me to discuss the use of shortwave numbers stations, recently declassified KGB investigative techniques for identifying recipients of those broadcasts, how shortwave has changed with the introduction of the internet, and technologies such as software defined radio (SDR) that make capturing mysterious signals affordable (sometimes free) and easier than ever.

    • 32 min
    Chinese Spies in US Law Enforcement – And Everywhere Else | Episode 117

    Chinese Spies in US Law Enforcement – And Everywhere Else | Episode 117

    The regular counterintelligence chat with William Tucker is a day late but full of new Chinese espionage activity in the NYPD, the EU, and beyond. We also touch on intelligence history and why literature from the Middle Ages or beyond is not only fascinating but still relevant.

    • 31 min
    The Threat of Fake Spies | Episode 116

    The Threat of Fake Spies | Episode 116

    William Tucker returns to discuss the incredible case of Garrison Courtney and Alpha-214. Posing as a CIA NOC Courtney was able to engineer a scheme that duped numerous beltway contractors, intelligence officials, former military officers and many others.

    • 24 min
    Election Threats and Disrupting Chinese Espionage | Episode 115

    Election Threats and Disrupting Chinese Espionage | Episode 115

    William Tucker joins me for our weekly counterintelligence chat. In this episode we discuss the recent report for Microsoft that details Russian, Chinese, and Iranian attacks on individuals and organizations tied to our presidential campaigns and the recent move to revoke the visas of more than 1,000 Chinese grad students and researchers who have been deemed security risks.

    • 25 min
    French Officer Busted Spying on NATO for GRU & Other Espionage Cases | 114

    French Officer Busted Spying on NATO for GRU & Other Espionage Cases | 114

    William Tucker joins me to discuss two high profile cases this week, sloppy Chinese tradecraft, and why it always pays to visit the FBI before the FBI visits you.

    • 23 min
    Russians Targeted Tesla Gigafactory in Ransomware Plot | Episode 113

    Russians Targeted Tesla Gigafactory in Ransomware Plot | Episode 113

    Scot Terban is back to discuss the plot, common points of vulnerability, and what you can do it, like a Tesla employee, you find yourself in the middle of a Russian criminal plot.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
154 Ratings

154 Ratings

JohnC5893 ,

One of the best

This show is a rare find. It’s intelligent, fair and informative. It’s a text book example of focusing on the signal, not the noise.

It would serve this country well if cable news could come anywhere close to the level of discourse this program consistently offers.

Episode with Alon Pinkas is superb and look forward to seeing him more.

Steamerbash ,

Hopefully there’s more in 2021

Hopefully there’s more episodes of this great intelligence podcast. They were heavily producing counterintelligence episodes in 2020 after a few years layoff. Hopefully there’s more episodes coming in 2021.

northwest supercaster ,

More please

My arm chair is getting boring, please make more episodes

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