JOE NAVARRO: And the number is not just any number. That number, which I can't repeat, is the same number that the Czech intelligence service used in another espionage case that we were controlling. And that number is a genuine sort of spy number that is used by the Czech intelligence service working for the Soviets to handle any issues that might come up with one of their agents or spies.
NARRATOR: It was everything they needed to get Roderick James Ramsay charged with conspiracy to commit espionage. He was put under FBI surveillance for a year while they finalized their case against him. Then, on the 7th of June 1990, they closed in. It was assumed that, after all his work, Joe would be the one to make the arrest but he turned it down.
\"Unit 848 [it changed its name to 8200 after the 1973 war] was recording that phone call. In the conversation, Nasser encouraged Hussein to honor the defense pact and join the war. And, indeed, the Jordanian army joined it, despite several messages by Israel that day to the king to 'please restrain your fire, we have no plans against you.' But he was tempted by Nasser and started shelling Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. In three days, Israel occupied the West Bank, and the king lost it. It all began with that telephone conversation, which was on an open line. That shows you how the Arab nations were unprepared technologically. They were talking on an open line like we are talking on now.\"
\"It was a U.S.-Israeli joint venture. It involved 8200 and its counterpart, the NSA, and also the Mossad and the CIA. The idea was Israeli, and it was embraced by the Americans because the U.S. believed it would repel Israeli pressure to take military action against Iran. The Americans also liked it because it was a new kind of a war without firing [traditional] weapons. And they realized that if they did it, it would reduce the risk and chance that the U.S. would have to launch military strikes against Iran. The Bush Administration approved it and the Obama Administration extended the program and accelerated it.
On June 23rd, 2022, it was announced that Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Everly Carganilla and Connor Esterson were cast and set to star as the new multicultural family of spies, and Racer Rodriguez will co-write the film.
The Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, is in foreign territory in more ways than one. One of the world's most secretive organizations is a genuine pop culture phenomenon. In recent years, Israel's intelligence operatives have been the subject of bestselling books, movies, and shows, receiving precisely what spies seek to avoid: attention.
Born in war and surrounded by Arab nations seeking the Jewish state's destruction, Israel's spies had to be both innovative and daring. The very nature of the country's security predicament demanded as much.
All of this made for good copy. And some of Israel's spies seemed to recognize as much. Many of those involved in the plot to snatch Eichmann, officially known as Operation Finale and later made into a 2018 movie of the same name, broke official policy by writing books and memoirs detailing their respective roles.
As Alexis Albion, the lead curator for the International Spy Museum, told me, \"The interest in spies in pop culture comes and goes over the decades.\" Albion cited the spy craze of the 1960s, with its James Bond films and spy novels, as one example. Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, that interest has been rekindled. What makes the current phenomenon different is its interest in \"other countries spy agencies,\" embodied, for example, in the hit FX show The Americans, which revolves around KGB agents in the 1980s.
The agency's American counterpart, the CIA, has had some well-publicized failures in the past two decades, but Israel's spies have retained their luster. As Albion pointed out, \"The Israelis still have that myth of real expertise. No one has been able to find that chink in Mossad's armor, and maybe we need to know that someone is doing a good job.\"
In reality, of course, Israeli intelligence has had plenty of significant screw-ups, from missing the warning signs leading to the 1973 Yom Kippur War, to mistakenly assassinating a waiter in Norway thought to be an arch-Palestinian terrorist in July of that same year. In 2010, Mossad officers carrying out a hit on Hamas terrorist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel left a trail of evidence, including closed-circuit TV footage of them changing disguises. Nonetheless, the image of Israeli spies as superhuman and unusually competent has persisted.
The mastermind behind Thumb-Thumbs and Magna-Men is returning to the OSS on a mission to reboot Spy Kids for the next generation. Robert Rodriguez will write, direct and produce a new Spy Kids film, which will introduce the world to a whole new family of spies. Rodriguez previously directed the film We Can Be Heroes for Netflix, which served as a continuation of his other beloved franchise, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl.
Beloved by Y2K kids everywhere, the Spy Kids film series followed the Cortez family of secret agents: the international superspies who fell in love, Gregorio (Antonio Banderas) and Ingrid (Carla Gugino); and the first additions to the Spy Kids division of the OSS (Organization of Super Spies), their children, Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni (Daryl Sabara).
As they have in recent years, U.S. intelligence agencies once again listed cyber attacks as the top danger to U.S. national security, ahead of terrorism. Saboteurs, spies and thieves are expanding their computer attacks against a vulnerable American internet infrastructure, chipping away at U.S. wealth and security over time, Clapper said.
In 233 main entries as well as listings for scores more spy sites, Melton and Wallace weave true accounts of derring-do and double-crosses that puts even the best spy fiction to shame. The cases and sites follow espionage history from the Revolutionary War and Civil War, to the rise of communism and fascism in the twentieth century, to Russian sleeper agents in the twenty-first century. The spy sites are not only in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx but also on Long Island and New Jersey. Maps and 380 photographs allow readers to follow in the footsteps of spies and spy-hunters to explore the city, tradecraft, and operations that influenced wars hot and cold. Informing and entertaining.
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At this event Professor Olson will be discussing his March 2019 book, To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence which suggests that the US is losing the counterintelligence war. Foreign intelligence services, particularly those of China, Russia, and Cuba, are recruiting spies in our midst and stealing our secrets and cutting-edge technologies. He provides a guide for how our country can do a better job of protecting its national security and trade secrets. He will review the principles and methods of counterintelligence, including the running of double-agent operations and surveillance. He also addresses why people spy against their country, the tradecraft of counterintelligence, and where counterintelligence breaks down or succeeds.
There are more spies working in New York City today than ever before, according to H. Keith Melton, the espionage advisor on The Americans, and Robert Wallace, the former chief of the CIA's Office of Technical Service. But, as the authors show in their fascinating new book SPY SITES OF NEW YORK CITY: A GUIDE TO THE REGION'S SECRET HISTORY (Georgetown University Press; February 2020), the city has always been a hotbed of international intrigue. Review of book by Jacqueline Cutler at NY Daily News is here. The authors kick-off the release of this new book at this KGB Espionage Museum event. AGENDA: 6 pm: Reception; 6:15 -7 pm: KGB Espionage Museum tour; 7 pm: Talk with the authors of SPY SITES OF NEW YORK CITY. Authors: Keith Melton, Robert Wallace, and Henry B. Schlesinger. Moderator: Gerald Goodwin, the head of the New York Chapter of the Association of Foreign Intelligence Officers Ticket price: $30 Ticket will include a signed copy of SPY SITES, an exclusive tour of the museum, book talk, and refreshments. For more information about the book, see here. Location: KGB Espionage Museum, 245 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011 REGISTER HERE. 59ce067264