7 episodes

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 one telling one dramatic story. Coming November 12.

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    • Society & Culture

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 one telling one dramatic story. Coming November 12.

    The Jumper

    The Jumper

    A man jumps from a burning plane, exposing a covert U.S. operation and nearly bringing down the president. This week on I Spy, Eugene Hasenfus tells his story.

    • 25 min
    The Art Dealer

    The Art Dealer

    Amaryllis Fox worked for a decade as an undercover agent at the CIA, cultivating arms merchants and preventing them from selling fissile material to terrorist groups. On this episode, she describes courting one particular dealer whose ties to terrorist groups in Indonesia and elsewhere raised alarm bells at Langley. Fox has changed some of the details of her story on avoid exposing the agency's assets and methods.

    • 32 min
    The Counterspy

    The Counterspy

    The CIA thought it had thoroughly penetrated Cuban intelligence, with scores of agents and informants in Havana, until one day a Cuban officer walked into the U.S. Embassy in Vienna and broke the news—the agents were actually double agents.
    James Olson was the CIA station chief in Vienna at the time. He would go on to serve as the agency’s head of counterintelligence.
     

    • 35 min
    The Man With the Antidote

    The Man With the Antidote

    On this episode, the Israeli Mossad operative Mishka Ben-David is sent to the Jordanian capital of Amman to help assassinate Khaled Mashal, the political leader of the Palestinian Islamic group Hamas. But the mission doesn’t go quite as planned.

    • 35 min
    The Sleeper Agent

    The Sleeper Agent

    On this episode, we talk to Albrecht Dittrich—aka Jack Barsky—who was born in East Germany, recruited by the KGB, and sent to the United States to influence U.S. policymaking. Barsky began his mission in 1978. He was one of hundreds of sleeper agents the Soviets planted in the United States over the years.

    • 39 min
    The Master of Disguise

    The Master of Disguise

    On this first episode of I Spy, CIA agent Jonna Mendez is sent to a capital city in Asia to help steal a top-secret encryption machine from a Soviet Embassy. Mendez’s job in the operation is to fashion disguises for the team. She would go on to become the chief of disguise at the CIA’s Office of Technical Service.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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Great work!

Fascinating stories from many different angles. Keep em coming.

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Wonderful - looking forward to new seasons!

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Such a gripping podcast, even more amazing when you think that these are true stories. Can’t wait for the next season.

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