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Spies don’t talk—it’s the cardinal rule of the business. But on Foreign Policy’s podcast I Spy, we get them to open up. We hear from the operations people: the spies who steal secrets, kill adversaries, and turn agents into double agents. Each episode features one spy telling one dramatic story.
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    • 4.7 • 2.6K Ratings

Spies don’t talk—it’s the cardinal rule of the business. But on Foreign Policy’s podcast I Spy, we get them to open up. We hear from the operations people: the spies who steal secrets, kill adversaries, and turn agents into double agents. Each episode features one spy telling one dramatic story.
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    The Skeptic

    The Skeptic

    Long before Joe Weisberg created the award-winning television show The Americans, he served in the CIA. His brief period in the agency informed story lines in the show and helped shape Weisberg's views on espionage. Eventually, he came to believe that spying does more harm than good in the world.


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    • 31 min
    The Investigator

    The Investigator

    The Secret Service is known for its VIP protection unit but it also investigates international crimes, including hacking cases. On this episode, we feature a Secret Service agent who helped nab one of the biggest hackers in the world, Roman Seleznev.
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    • 27 min
    The Handler

    The Handler

    Michele Rigby Assad joined the CIA just weeks after the attacks of September 11, 2001, and spent much of the next decade working undercover in the Middle East.
    In 2007, she helped investigate an ambush in Iraq that killed an American woman. 

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    • 32 min
    The Spycatcher Part 2

    The Spycatcher Part 2

    This is part two of Eric O'Neill's story. O'Neill was an FBI agent who went undercover to catch a suspected spy in the bureau: Robert Hanssen.
     
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    • 32 min
    The Spycatcher

    The Spycatcher

    On this episode, FBI agent Eric O'Neill goes undercover to catch a suspected spy in the bureau: Robert Hanssen. O'Neill is just 26 at the time. Hanssen turns out to be one of the most damaging spies in U.S. history.
     
    This is part one of a two-part story.
     
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    • 29 min
    The Trainer

    The Trainer

    Well, listeners, it's taken us a while but here it is: the first episode of our fourth season.
    We begin with Ric Prado, a former CIA officer who trained the Contras in Central America in the 1980s.
    For those of you who don't remember, the Contras were trying to overthrow the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua. America's support for the group eventually led to the Iran-Contra affair, a government scandal that nearly brought down the Reagan administration.
    For more on the Contras, go back and listen to season one's The Jumper. Eugene Hasenfus, who helped deliver arms to the Contras, describes parachuting from a burning plane and getting captured by Nicaraguan forces. We spent several years tracking down Hasenfus and getting him to tell his story.
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.6K Ratings

2.6K Ratings

CEFav08 ,

Delightful

**UPDATED** My absolute favorite podcast, I wish there were more episodes per season but I look forward to listening each time new ones come out.

Wonderful. Amazing. Give me more. What fascinating people and stories, can’t wait for more episodes.

Pelodave ,

Very well done

Great content from real spies, sometimes the operations are not so James Bond like. Here you get the grimy, sweaty real stories. Love

G. Al Mighty ,

My favorite podcast

The premise of the podcast is that they interview an intelligence or security professional with the focus on one particular mission. So each episode has a great story arc, something that might be absent if they were just chatting with a member of the intelligence community. And the stories are great! I haven’t been disappointed or bored with a single episode. It’s exciting and informative and varied.

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