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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: The Blogs of War Podcast John W. Little

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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.

    The Poisoning of Sergei Skripal | Episode 94

    The Poisoning of Sergei Skripal | Episode 94

    Fred Burton, former deputy chief of counterterrorism at the Diplomatic Security Service and the author of GHOST: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent, Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent’s Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice, and Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi joined me shortly after the attack on Sergei […]

    • 30 min
    Team Leadership & Ethics | Episode 93

    Team Leadership & Ethics | Episode 93

    In his 3+ years as Chief of the Analysis Bureau at New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Dean Baratta led a very capable team of intelligence analysts. Dean was a critical part of a small team that was widely recognized for its innovative approaches. Now, as he moves on to another project, he […]

    • 39 min
    The Jerry Chun Shing Lee Case | Episode 92

    The Jerry Chun Shing Lee Case | Episode 92

    William J. Tucker, a regular contributor on counterintelligence and security topics for Blogs of War and Covert Contact, returns for a look at the Jerry Chun Shing Lee case. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a former CIA case officer, is suspected by many to have compromised CIA activities in China but has only been charged with […]

    • 32 min
    North Korean Cryptocurrency Ops | Episode 91

    North Korean Cryptocurrency Ops | Episode 91

    In episode 91 security researcher and Stratfor Global Fellow Scot Terban (AKA Krypt3ia) joins me to discuss North Korea’s sophisticated exploitation of cryptocurrency.

    • 30 min
    Combatting Misinformation | Episode 90

    Combatting Misinformation | Episode 90

    Andrew Trabulsi (entrepreneur, consultant, and co-editor of Warlords, Inc.: Black Markets, Broken States, and the Rise of the Warlord Entrepreneur) joins me to discuss misinformation, the technology and platforms facilitating it, and the challenges faced in combatting it.

    • 31 min
    Evaluating the North Korean Threat | Episode 89

    Evaluating the North Korean Threat | Episode 89

    Phil Walter joins returns to the show to look at how the U.S. processes and evaluates the threat posed by North Korea. We try to separate the rhetoric and action to cut through the hype. We examine American concepts of security and risk and how emotional responses drive both. Is war with North Korea likely? […]

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

Bundyboyz ,

Don’t throw in the towel

It’s been close to 3 months with no update. Hope all is well. I really enjoy your work! Updates?

Rex-21 ,

Leading and biased interviews.

Didn’t like the host constantly interjecting. Please let the guest talk. Became collaboration, rather than independent opinions.

Poseidon0311 ,

FAR LEFT LEANING PODCAST!!!

Be warned that this host and all his cherry picked guests are ANTI-TRUMP “collusion delusion” maniacs. Every episode seems to be banishing the POTUS with a snarky, condescending liberal view on everything he stands for. #MAGA #NOCOLLUSION #READTHEREPORT 🇺🇸

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