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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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    I Spy Season 4—Coming May 31

    I Spy Season 4—Coming May 31

    Hey there I Spy listeners, here's the trailer for season 4. We'll have new episodes starting May 31. More spies, more Margo Martindale.
    This season, we'll also have an I Spy newsletter, with photos, very cool illustrations, and a bunch of other bonus content you won't find anywhere else. Yes, it's free. Sign up at foreignpolicy.com/ispynewsletter.


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    • 1 min
    The Cassandra part 2

    The Cassandra part 2

    This is part 2 of Frank Snepp's story. Snepp was a CIA analyst based in Saigon during the Vietnam War. In April of 1975, he discovered that Communist forces were preparing a large-scale attack on Saigon—but the higher ups refused to believe it. When the attack began later that month, the Americans conducted a frenzied evacuation, leaving behind many Vietnamese allies.
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    • 26 min
    The Cassandra

    The Cassandra

    Frank Snepp was a CIA analyst based in Saigon during the Vietnam War. In April of 1975, he discovered that Communist forces were preparing a large-scale attack on Saigon—but the higher ups refused to believe it. When the attack began later that month, the Americans conducted a frenzied evacuation, leaving behind many Vietnamese allies.
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    • 26 min
    The Special Agent

    The Special Agent

    The FBI's Ali Soufan specialized in Al Qaeda investigations both before and after the attacks of September 11th. In 2002 he was sent to question Abu Zubaydah, a high-level jihadi captured in Pakistan. But after several rounds of interrogation at the secret site, he was sidelined by a CIA contractor who had helped develop a new torture program for the agency.
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    • 31 min
    The Hellraiser

    The Hellraiser

    Jay Dobyns was a special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In 2002, he infiltrated the Hells Angels biker gang and spent two years undercover—a period in which he says he worried every single day about getting exposed and killed by the group.
     
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    • 33 min
    The Infiltrator

    The Infiltrator

    The British spy agency MI5 recruited Willie Carlin to infiltrate Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland. He spied on the group for 11 years until his cover was blown.  
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.6K Ratings

2.6K Ratings

Jmmillett ,

OMG! Margo is back!

After a long hiatus Margo is back! Really liked season one of this podcast and really really wanted more. I could listen to Margo Martindale all day long. Add to that some very interesting stories of real life spies and spy-craft and you have a winning listen. Thank you!

Nordiska72 ,

Always unexpected and fascinating

I am not the type to get into spy or espionage tales, bit I gave this a try and I am hooked. I get the fascination now. Even the tales from analysts are great. Thanks for this podcast and for tracking down such interesting interviewees.

BSharpe77 ,

Fascinating!

Great stories! Unfortunately, the background music is irritating, as it is so distracting and loud and sometimes makes it difficult to listen to the person actually speaking! Really takes away from the pleasure of listening. It adds nothing, but takes away a lot.

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