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I Spy

Spies don’t talk—it’s the cardinal rule of the business. But on Foreign Policy’s podcast I Spy, we get them to open up. We hear from the operations people: the spies who steal secrets, kill adversaries, and turn agents into double agents. Each episode features one spy telling one dramatic story. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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The Man With the Antidote

On this episode, the Israeli Mossad operative Mishka Ben-David is sent to the Jordanian capital of Amman to help assassinate Khaled Mashal, the political leader of the Palestinian Islamic group Hamas. But the mission doesn’t go quite as planned.Check out I Spy's merch by going to https://store.dftba.com/collections/i-spySave 15% on FP subscriptions. Visit https://foreignpolicy.com/subscribe/ and enter code ISPY at checkout to claim this offer. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

32mins

19 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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The Narc part 2

This is part 2 of the story with DEA special agent Steve Murphy, who goes to Bogota, Colombia, to hunt for the head of the Medellin Cartel, Pablo Escobar.Check out I Spy's merch by going to https://store.dftba.com/collections/i-spySave 15% on FP subscriptions. Visit https://foreignpolicy.com/subscribe/ and enter code ISPY at checkout to claim this offer. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

26mins

28 Jan 2021

Rank #2

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The Interrogator

FBI special agent George Piro spent seven months interrogating deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, establishing a rapport and then getting him to reveal the truth about the country's weapons of mass destruction.Check out I Spy's merch by going to https://store.dftba.com/collections/i-spySave 15% on FP subscriptions. Visit https://foreignpolicy.com/subscribe/ and enter code ISPY at checkout to claim this offer. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

28mins

2 Feb 2021

Rank #3

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The Chaperone

On this episode, CIA officer Milt Bearden helps a KGB defector make a new life in the United States. But the Russian, Vitaly Yurchenko, discovers America can be a strange and lonely place.This season, there’s more I Spy with I Spy Plus. Get ad-free I Spy episodes and access to weekly bonus episodes right in your favorite podcast app, plus more exclusive espionage content. Subscribe to I Spy Plus today at foreignpolicy.com/ispy.Check out I Spy's merch by going to https://store.dftba.com/collections/i-spySave 15% on FP subscriptions. Visit https://foreignpolicy.com/subscribe/ and enter code ISPY at checkout to claim this offer. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

30mins

12 May 2020

Rank #4

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The Targeter

On this episode, CIA targeting officer Nada Bakos leads a two-year hunt for one of the most dangerous militants in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. This season, there’s more I Spy with I Spy Plus. Get ad-free I Spy episodes and access to weekly bonus episodes right in your favorite podcast app, plus more exclusive espionage content. Subscribe to I Spy Plus today at foreignpolicy.com/ispy.Check out I Spy's merch by going to https://store.dftba.com/collections/i-spySave 15% on FP subscriptions. Visit https://foreignpolicy.com/subscribe/ and enter code ISPY at checkout to claim this offer. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

27mins

5 May 2020

Rank #5

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The Survivor

Welcome to Season 2 of I Spy. On this episode, CIA officer Richard Holm is sent to Congo in 1965 to organize local agents against an anti-government rebellion. But a fiery plane crash leaves him in hostile territory, fighting for his life. This season, there’s more I Spy with I Spy Plus. Get ad-free I Spy episodes and access to weekly bonus episodes right in your favorite podcast app, plus more exclusive espionage content. Subscribe to I Spy Plus today at foreignpolicy.com/ispy.Check out I Spy's merch by going to https://store.dftba.com/collections/i-spySave 15% on FP subscriptions. Visit https://foreignpolicy.com/subscribe/ and enter code ISPY at checkout to claim this offer. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

35mins

28 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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The Jumper

A man jumps from a burning plane, exposing a covert U.S. operation and nearly bringing down the president. This week on I Spy, Eugene Hasenfus tells his story.Check out I Spy's merch by going to https://store.dftba.com/collections/i-spySave 15% on FP subscriptions. Visit https://foreignpolicy.com/subscribe/ and enter code ISPY at checkout to claim this offer. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

23mins

10 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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The Art Dealer

Amaryllis Fox worked for a decade as an undercover agent at the CIA, cultivating arms merchants and preventing them from selling fissile material to terrorist groups. On this episode, she describes courting one particular dealer whose ties to terrorist groups in Indonesia and elsewhere raised alarm bells at Langley. Fox has changed some of the details of her story to avoid exposing the agency's assets and methods.Check out I Spy's merch by going to https://store.dftba.com/collections/i-spySave 15% on FP subscriptions. Visit https://foreignpolicy.com/subscribe/ and enter code ISPY at checkout to claim this offer. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

30mins

3 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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The Counterspy

The CIA thought it had thoroughly penetrated Cuban intelligence, with scores of agents and informants in Havana, until one day a Cuban officer walked into the U.S. Embassy in Vienna and broke the news—the agents were actually double agents.James Olson was the CIA station chief in Vienna at the time. He would go on to serve as the agency’s head of counterintelligence. Check out I Spy's merch by going to https://store.dftba.com/collections/i-spySave 15% on FP subscriptions. Visit https://foreignpolicy.com/subscribe/ and enter code ISPY at checkout to claim this offer. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

32mins

26 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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The Cassandra

Frank Snepp was a CIA analyst based in Saigon during the Vietnam War. In April of 1975, he discovered that Communist forces were preparing a large-scale attack on Saigon—but the higher ups refused to believe it. When the attack began later that month, the Americans conducted a frenzied evacuation, leaving behind many Vietnamese allies.Check out I Spy's merch by going to https://store.dftba.com/collections/i-spySave 15% on FP subscriptions. Visit https://foreignpolicy.com/subscribe/ and enter code ISPY at checkout to claim this offer. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

26mins

2 Mar 2021

Rank #10