In his second AFIO Now episode, former CIA Operations Officer and Arabist Sam Wyman discusses the "Red Prince" - Ali Hassan Salameh - the chief of operations (code name Abu Hassan) for Black September, the organization responsible for the 1972 Munich massacre and other terror attacks. Recorded 7 May 2021. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.
In this episode, retired FBI Special Agent and Senior Advisor for Homeland Security Pete Lapp discusses the case of DIA Intelligence Analyst Ana Belén Montes. Montes was a Cuba expert who was caught spying for Cuban Intelligence. She pled guilty in 2002 and was sentenced to 25-years in federal prison. Recorded 4 May 2021. Interviewer: John Quattrocki, AFIO board member and former FBI Supervisory Special Agent. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.
In this episode, author-journalist David Wolman discusses the fascinating career of American cryptographer, intelligence analyst and NSA executive Juanita Moody. Moody worked for the Signals Intelligence Service (SIS) and NSA from 1943 until 1976 and was responsible for providing intelligence to the White House and Department of Defense during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Her reports directly helped the U.S. avoid war with the Soviet Union. Recorded 05 Apr 2021. Interviewer: Sarah (Sally) Botsai, AFIO vice chair and former senior NSA official. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.
Bob Wallace, former CIA Deputy Director for the Office of Technical Services and intelligence historian Keith Melton discuss a few of the many unusual and fascinating examples of espionage activities which took place in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as revealed in their latest guidebook: "Spy Sites of Philadelphia." Recorded 18 Mar 2021. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.
In this episode, author-journalist Jason Fagone discusses the relatively unknown cryptographer Elizebeth Friedman. Fagone illuminates Friedman's remarkable achievements in codebreaking, her marriage to NSA "founder" William Friedman, her work at Riverbank Labs, and many other hidden aspects of her outstanding "in the shadows" life assisting the nation. Recorded 16 Mar 2021. Interviewer: Deborah Bonanni, AFIO board member and former NSA Chief of Staff. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.
In this timely episode, Shelby Pierson - the Election Threats Executive for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) - discusses the threats to America's elections and the actions taken by the Intelligence Community (IC) to assess, warn, and counter those threats. Mrs. Pierson, who is considered the first "U.S. Election Security Czar," also highlights the IC's efforts to bolster public confidence in fair elections and support the peaceful transfer of power. Recorded 15 Oct 2020. Interviewer: James Bruce PhD, AFIO board member and former CIA Senior Analyst. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.
Former CIA Division Chief and National Intelligence Manager for ODNI, Norman Roule discusses the state of Iran today and how current and future administrations need to approach the regime. Recorded 11 Mar 2021. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.
Former CIA Operations Officer and Arabist Sam Wyman discusses the lingering and devastating post-invasion consequences of the 2003 removal of Saddam Hussein and the geopolitical risks that American businesses still face in Iraq today. Mr. Wyman also addresses the Iraqi intelligence services and the longterm outlook for the country. Recorded 5 Mar 2021. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.
Dr. Edward Mienie, Associate Professor at the University of North Georgia, discusses intelligence education at the high school and university levels and provides insights to students on the various careers available throughout the U.S. Intelligence Community. Dr. Mienie also provides information on his Strategic & Security Studies program at the UNG. Recorded 9 Apr 2021. Interviewer: Renée Priess, former CIA Officer. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.
In this episode, former FBI special agent Ralph Hope discusses the release of his new book "The Grey Men: Pursuing the Stasi into the Present." Mr. Hope analyzes the German code of secrecy that has protected members of the Stasi in the thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall - allowing many to maintain their influence, hide evidence, and live relatively unpunished in the newly reunited Germany and abroad. He also discusses the danger that comes from any political or social group that insists on a single point of view, refuses to allow free speech, demands control of words and expressions, and seeks to alter history. Recorded 16 Apr 2021. Host: James Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.