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    Attempts to Overthrow Cuban Leader Fidel Castro

    Vince Houghton talked about attempts by the U.S. government to overthrow or assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro. He spoke about the Bay of Pigs invasion as well as lesser-known plans…

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    Espionage in Washington, D.C.

    H. Keith Melton and Robert Wallace talked about their book their book, Spy Sites of Washington, D.C.: A Guide to the Capital Region’s Secret History, in which they discuss some of the most…

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    Antonio Mendez spoke about the Iranian hostage crisis and a secret operation to save Americans in Iran during the turmoil in which he took a role as a Hollywood producer scouting out locations for a…

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    The President's Book of Secrets

    David Priess talked about his book, The President’s Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America’s Presidents from Kennedy to Obama, about the President’s Daily…

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    Sex and KGB Spies in the 1970s

    Jonna Mendez talked about how Czech husband and wife KGB spies Karl and Hana Koecher used sex to infiltrate the CIA and gather top-secret information. Ms. Mendez said that one popular Washington, D.C.,…

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    Investigation of Robert Hanssen

    Former FBI Agent Mike Rochford, author David Wise, and psychiatrist David Charney talked about the career of Robert Hanssen, an FBI agent who spied for the Soviet Union and subsequently Russia for 22…

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    The Spy's Son

    Bryan Denson talked about his book, The Spy’s Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia, about Jim…

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    Codename Cynthia

    Natalie Zanin talked about Amy Thorpe Pack, the American-born wife of an English diplomat who became a spy for British intelligence. Ms. Zanin said that Ms. Pack, codenamed “Cynthia,”…

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    Soviet Atomic Spies in America

    Vince Houghton talked about Soviet spies who infiltrated U.S. atomic bomb research and how this may have led to the development of the Soviet atomic bomb. The International Spy Museum and…

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    Agent Storm

    Morten Storm talked about his book, Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA, in which he discusses his experiences as a member of al Qaeda and his later life as a double agent…

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    Capturing Jonathan Pollard

    Ronald Olive talked about his book, Capturing Jonathan Pollard: How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice, published by Naval Institute Press. Mr. Olive…

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    9/11, False Flags, and Black Ops: An Evening of Debate

    A debate was held on conspiracy theories, specifically the truth behind the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The participants were Jonathan Kay, author of Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America’s…

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    Ernest Hemingway as a World War II Spy

    Military and intelligence historian Nicholas Reynolds talked about the services of World War I veteran and author Ernest Hemingway and other family members as spies for the United States during the second…

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    Russian Spies

    Mark Stout talked about the latest on the investigation of the June 2010 FBI arrest in the U.S. of Russian spies. In June 2010, FBI agents arrested 10 people of Russian descent on charges that they spent years in the…

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    Spies of the Civil Rights Movement

    Rick Bowers talked about his book Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement. The book is about the extensive domestic intelligence network used…

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    Civil War Espionage

    A panel discussion was held on the use of espionage during the Civil War by both the North and the South. The panelists also responded to questions from members of the audience. Professor Laurie moderated.…

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    The Secret Sentry

    Matthew Aid talked about the history and purpose of the National Security Agency, which, since September 11, 2001, has regularly provided the president with a majority of the information he…

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    Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America

    John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr talked about the book they wrote with Alexander Vassiliev, Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America (Yale University Press; May 26, 2009). Alexander…

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    A New Cold War: Inside Nuclear Iran

    Panelists talked about how to deal with Iran. After all of the panelists made initial statements they responded to questions from members of the audience. The panelists were Reza Kahlili (A Time…

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    Eisenhower, the CIA, and Cold War Aerial Espionage

    Dino Brugioni talked about President Eisenhower’s secret Cold War efforts to develop intelligence gathering spy planes and satellites. He is a retired senior analyst with the CIA and has briefed…

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