Nikolai Khokhlov was a Soviet war hero and agent selected for a dangerous mission: kill a Russian dissident in Frankfurt, West Germany. Khokhlov went to Frankfurt as ordered, but his actions there shocked his superiors in Moscow, and opened a new chapter in the Cold War.
The question I am asked most frequently is what books I recommend for further reading on the topics I write about. There are a trove of fascinating true tales of espionage out there, and I want to share with you seven more books that are sure to hold your interest and take you down new paths.
During WWII, British technicians and engineers developed an incredible variety of weapons and gadgets at Station IX located on the grounds of the Frythe Estate near Welwyn, England. Here are five of the unique weapons they developed for use behind enemy lines.
Among intelligence agencies and clandestine organizations, the High Standard Model HD Military Silencer (MS) is the standard for suppressed pistols by which all others are judged. First adopted in 1944, the pistol remained in the inventory of the CIA as late as the 1990s and possibly beyond.
A James Bond film wouldn’t be complete without a flashy sports car loaded with hidden weapons and gadgets. Although the real world of spycraft features very few high-speed car chases, there’s no question that espionage occasionally requires unique forms of transportation.
Female spies, saboteurs, and double agents have left their mark on history for centuries. Often overlooked or underestimated, they have proven every bit the equal of their male counterparts time and time again. Here are nine of the most famous women from the world of spycraft.
Arguably the most famous Russian assassination-by-poisoning occurred on November 1st 2006, when Alexander Litvinenko, a former member of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) suddenly fell ill after a meeting in London with some of his old comrades.
Some incredibly creative weapons and gadgets have come out of research laboratories and been placed in the hands of spies, saboteurs, and guerillas all over the world. Here is a sampling of ten of the most unique weapons from the world of spycraft.
Former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal was living a quiet life in Salisbury England when some of his old colleagues came calling in March 2018. He had earned the ire of Vladimir Putin years earlier, and Putin was not one to forgive or forget his enemies.
On September 7th, 1978, Georgi Markov was walking along a crowded sidewalk on the Waterloo Bridge over the River Thames. Suddenly feeling a sharp pain in his right thigh, he turned to see a man picking up an umbrella off the sidewalk. A taxi pulled up beside the stranger, who entered it and immediately departed the area.
In May 2013, the Central Intelligence Agency suffered one of its most embarrassing fiascoes in recent memory. Not embarrassing in the sense that illegal or immoral activities were brought to light before a Congressional committee. Rather, embarrassing in the sense that one of their case officers looked like a complete fool on the international stage.
I’ve read dozens of books over the years; visited museums all over the United States, and conversed with many knowledgeable current and former members of the intelligence community.Here I want to provide you with some of my favorite references for diving ever deeper into the world of spycraft.
Spy films are a Hollywood mainstay, and consistently draw the attention of moviegoers the world over. Most spy films are heavy on the fantasy and action, and light on real spycraft. Here I review my ten favorite spy films that give viewers the most real look into the world of spies and spycraft.
The incredible story of three brave and resourceful CIA technicians incarcerated for years by Fidel Castro, in the infamous Presidio Modelo prison. There, they undermined the guard force and the Castro regime alike again and again from inside the walls, using their engineering skills, personal courage and American spirit.
There are techniques as old as society itself which are one of the mainstays of the spy world, which always have and always will yield great results. These techniques can be practiced by anyone, at any time, starting right now! These highly effective techniques are grouped together and known as elicitation.
Every aspect of your life is tracked, logged, measured, analyzed, and acted upon. An easy way to circumvent a wide variety of active and passive tracking is to disengage from your primary phone and start using a secondary or temporary phone purchased for cash. These are often known as burner phones.
With the ever-present specter of another World War hanging over the entire region, the Military Liaison Mission was a high-pressure assignment that attracted some of the most capable service members America could produce.
Why did you find your way here? Because you are fascinated by the world of espionage. It’s been romanticized in film and literature for decades, most notably by the James Bond films. Wearing a tuxedo, loaded down with gadgets, driving a fast car with a beautiful girl in the passenger seat. You’ve seen it a dozen times.