https://anchor.fm/ciafiles/episodes/Frank-Wisner-Local-Boy-Makes-Good-e1acehs Were it not for a handful of loud, persistent voices shouting “Fire” about Stalin’s intentions toward Western Values, the Cold War may well have never occurred, or may at least have been less brutal, less deadly. And maybe the United States wouldn’t have compromised its stated moral codes so egregiously in the decades following … Continue reading Frank Wisner: Local Boy Makes Good
https://anchor.fm/ciafiles/episodes/Secret-Agent-Super-Spy-Harold-Kim-Philby-e18tvb0 Kim Philby was born into peculiar circumstances at a pivotal moment in world history, and he played his part in the struggle between ideologies that shaped our modern world. But to ask who he was is perhaps too big a question to ever fully understand.
https://anchor.fm/ciafiles/episodes/William-Samuel-Stephenson-Decent-Spy--Amazing-Liar-e17bb3o Somebody had to teach Americans how to conduct espionage, and British spymaster William Samuel Stephenson was just the man for the job. He taught American spies how to lie, cheat, and use the media to manipulate the populace. He laid the groundwork for practices that would ultimately undermine public trust in the government, leading … Continue reading William Samuel Stephenson: Decent Spy, Amazing Liar
https://anchor.fm/dashboard/episode/e139jkn Carmel Offie is one of history’s tragically overlooked characters -- someone who worked with superhuman effort and questionable ethics to protect a country that would, in turn, destroy him out of convenience. Described by many as short and ugly, Offie still managed to charm everyone he met and curry favor with everyone from political … Continue reading Carmel Offie: Short and Sweet
https://anchor.fm/ciafiles/episodes/Antonio-Villas-Boas--Part-2-Oh-yeah--I-know-that-guy-e11mt5i For years, UFO researchers believed there were two ways to consider the fantastic story of Antonio Villas Boas: an unprecedented encounter with other-worldly beings, or a bit of weird fiction, maybe dreamed up by a bored young man. But years after the story of Villas Boas came to light, a third option was presented … Continue reading Antonio Villas Boas, Part 2: “Oh yeah, I know that guy!”
https://anchor.fm/ciafiles/episodes/Antonio-Villas-Boas--part-1-Cant-a-Man-Farm-in-Peace-e10jolo/a-a5h2tgu After the Roswell crash in 1947, UFO sightings became commonplace across the country. Local authorities and government agencies became overrun with reports of strange objects in the sky, performing impossible feats before zooming off into the distance. But it would be more than a decade before another famous element of alien encounters would be … Continue reading Antonio Villas Boas, part 1: Can’t a Man Farm in Peace?
https://anchor.fm/ciafiles/episodes/George-Hunter-White--part-2-I-was-too-rough-for-their-league-evm8jv CIA mad scientist Sidney Gottlieb had job opening that might as well have been custom-made for Goerge Hunter White. White had experience in drugging people for experiments during his time in the OSS. He loved drugs himself. He had few scruples when it came to committing acts of cruelty and violence. And perhaps most … Continue reading George Hunter White, part 2: “I was too rough for their league.”
A look at headlines from around the world. Top general: 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/low-to-medium-risk-russian-invasion-ukraine-next-few-weeks-us-general-2021-04-15/ Doctor says Navalny could die 'at any moment' https://www.npr.org/2021/04/18/988437875/putin-critic-alexei-navalny-could-die-at-any-moment-doctor-says U.S. Slaps New Sanctions On Russia Over Cyberattack, Election Meddling https://www.npr.org/2021/04/15/987585796/u-s-slaps-new-sanctions-on-russia-over-cyber-attack-election-meddling https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/16/politics/russia-retaliate-us-diplomats/index.html Russia Retaliates Against Biden's New Sanctions, Expelling 10 U.S. Diplomats The … Continue reading CIA Files: Headlines 4/18/2021
Few people seem to be so lucky as to discover their true purpose in life, and even fewer seem tenacious enough to truly dedicate their entire lives to that purpose. In that regard, George Hunter White may have been the luckiest, most tenacious man to ever live. White’s life was one of lies, drugs, sex, … Continue reading George Hunter White, part 1: “Actually, a Heretic”
https://youtu.be/85VThD_biBM I’d like to tell you a story. It is a long, strange, story. It is a story about honesty and integrity, or a lack thereof. This story is complex, confusing, and compelling. It is composed of unique people possessed by powerful inner drives. Understanding this story is difficult, but it rewards us with an … Continue reading CIA Files: True Stories of U.S. Intelligence – Premiering Monday, April 12th