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  • Presidents and Their CIA Directors
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    Presidents and Their CIA Directors

    CIA chief historian David Robarge talked about the evolving nature of the relationship between presidents and their CIA directors, and how it is influenced by the president’s needs and…

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  • Attempts to Overthrow Cuban Leader Fidel Castro
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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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  • Slave and Revolutionary War Spy James Lafayette
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    Slave and Revolutionary War Spy James Lafayette

    Katherine Egner Gruber talked about slave and Revolutionary War spy James Lafayette. Working for French General Marquis de Lafayette, enslaved volunteer James Lafayette posed as an escaped…

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  • Civil War Espionage
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    Civil War Espionage

    Clayton Laurie talked about how, during the Civil War, both sides used new intelligence techniques that influenced the outcomes of key battles. This event was hosted by the Smithsonian…

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  • Discussion on Sex and KGB Spies in the 1970s
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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.,…

    3,871 views
  • Discussion on British Spy Amy Thorpe Pack
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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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  • Ernest Hemingway as a World War II Spy
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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…

    1,385 views
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    Spy Handler: Memoir of a KGB Officer

    Interviewed on stage by radio talk show host Jim Bohannan, Mr. Feifer talked about the book he wrote with Victor Cherkashin, Spy Handler: Memoir of a KGB Officer: The True Story of the Man…

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    Spy Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Mendez discussed their book Spy Dust: Two Masters of Disguise Reveal the Tools and Operations That Helped Win the Cold War, published by Atria Books. The book is about the…

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