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SpyTalk lives at the intersection of intelligence operations, foreign policy, homeland security, and military strategy. Hosted by veteran national security journalist Jeff Stein, the podcast features exclusives by SpyTalk’s roster of longtime reporters, news and profiles of US and foreign spymasters, and interviews with policymakers and expert authors. There’s nothing quite like it—a place for experts and laypersons alike, who enjoy national security scoops and insights by SpyTalk's subject matter experts. 
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SpyTalk lives at the intersection of intelligence operations, foreign policy, homeland security, and military strategy. Hosted by veteran national security journalist Jeff Stein, the podcast features exclusives by SpyTalk’s roster of longtime reporters, news and profiles of US and foreign spymasters, and interviews with policymakers and expert authors. There’s nothing quite like it—a place for experts and laypersons alike, who enjoy national security scoops and insights by SpyTalk's subject matter experts. 
For more SpyTalk go to: https://www.spytalk.co/

    Tipping Off Our Enemies to Terrorist Attacks

    Tipping Off Our Enemies to Terrorist Attacks

    Last month’s spectacular terrorist attack on a concert venue on the outskirts of Moscow, which left 144 people dead, was quickly followed by startling news that US intelligence had warned the Russians about the impending assault. When the Kremlin said the warnings hadn’t been specific, moreover, US officials pushed back, saying, in effect, “Oh yes they were,” and added details to its rejoinder. Likewise, it turned out that back in January, US intelligence had warned Iran about an impending Islamic State terrorist attack at a gathering to honor its fallen Quds Force leader Qasem Soleimani, who had been killed by a US drone strike in Baghdad. 

    The revelations that our spy services had actually warned two of our greatest mortal enemies astounded many people and triggered a lot of acidic commentary, confusion and the inevitable conspiracy theories on social media.

    Today’s guest, former CIA case officer and base chief Laura Thomas, who held a number of senior intelligence positions during her nearly 16 years of government service, says those actions followed a standard practice in American intelligence. It’s called “a duty to warn.” And she’s here to explain how that seemingly esoteric, even confounding, practice is not only a staple of the spy world—at least on the American side—but it has some espionage benefits as well.

    • 38 min
    More Havana Syndrome Questions

    More Havana Syndrome Questions

    New SpyTalk Contributing Editor Mike Isikoff pokes holes in 60 Minutes’ blockbuster story.

    • 35 min
    Spies and Sex: A History of Honeytraps

    Spies and Sex: A History of Honeytraps

    Jeff talks with Henry Schlesinger, author of "Honey Trapped: Sex, Betrayal, and Weaponized Love."

    • 36 min
    A Life in CIA Trickery

    A Life in CIA Trickery

    Jonna Mendez, former CIA chief of disguises, discusses her new book, “In True Face: A Woman's Life in the CIA, Unmasked.”

    • 38 min
    Russia, Russia, Russia

    Russia, Russia, Russia

    Former top CIA ops official Dan Hoffman talks with Jeff about options on Putin.

    • 20 min
    The Taylor Swift Infowar Tutorial

    The Taylor Swift Infowar Tutorial

    Former US Army “influence ops” specialist Paul Cobaugh talks with Jeff about combatting conspiracy mongering.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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161 Ratings

161 Ratings

Toonch Jr. ,

Shoutout to MSW Media & Friends! Excellent podcast!

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Xenu77 ,

Most informative show due to truly excellent guests and Jeff’s questioning

If adult education in the most important background info in the world, then Jeff’s guests and Jeff’s questioning brings out the truth of the real issues in the world.

Literally what all media good shows ought to consist of. Give really good guests who’ve had careers in intelligence, who’ve written reports, know how to prosecute or know how prosecution of crime must go on, Jeff gets into the main difficulties, and guests offer truly the best background info.

Especially ex intel community and FBI, etc, people.

Literally the best show, my go to show, daily, the content is so adult education valuable

And people should subscribe to Jeff’s substance, I gladly do. And I buy the books of the his best guests, they are the best adult education one can continue to do in life.

ErikSG ,

Swing and a giant miss

You lost me with the repeated complaints about classified info not being divulged to the public

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