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.
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.
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.
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.