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Our team of veteran reporters offers original reporting, scoops and analysis on national security topics, with an emphasis on U.S. intelligence operations, both foreign and domestic.

We also riff on the latest in spy books, TV and film by the likes of James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor (shortened to three days in the hit 1975 Watergate-zeitgeist movie).

You may remember Jeff as the Spytalk columnist for years at Newsweek, and before that, at The Washington Post and before that Congressional Quarterly (where he was also the founding editor of the groundbreaking CQ/Homeland Security). In the 1980s he was deputy foreign news editor at UPI. Over the years he has also freelanced investigative pieces for a wide variety of magazines, from Playboy, GQ, Esquire and Rolling Stone to The New Republic, The Nation and Italy’s l’Espresso. In the late 1960s, he served as a case officer with US Army intelligence in Vietnam.

At SpyTalk, he’s aided by a sterling roster of veteran journalists as contributing writers and editors.

They include:

*Jonathan Broder, a former CQ foreign news editor, Newsweek writer and foreign correspondent for the A.P. and Chicago Tribune in the Middle East

*Matthew Brazil, a former US government officer in Beijing and co-author of the authoritative, Chinese Communist Intelligence.

*John Dinges, a former NPR News managing editor, Godfrey Lowell Cabot Professor of Journalism Emeritus at Columbia University, and author of The Condor Years: How Pinochet and His Allies Brought Terror to Three Continents.

*Peter Eisner, a prolific investigative author and former deputy foreign editor at The Washington Post. Today he’s also co-host of the influential podcast, Unconventional Threat.

*James Grady, prolific author of spy and crime dramas, including the iconic Six Days of the Condor (shortened by three days for the hit 1975 movie, still a perennial favorite).

*Maria Hartwig, professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Director & Co-Founder, Project Aletheia. She is an internationally recognized expert on deception, counter-deception, and interviewing and interrogation strategy.

*Gail Helt, a former CIA analyst on East Asia who now directs the security and intelligence studies program at King University in Bristol, Tennessee.

*Filip Kovacevic, a leading expert on the history of Russian intelligence at the University of San Francisco.

*Olga Lautman, analyst and researcher focused on Kremlin, organized crime, intelligence and Eastern Europe, and senior fellow at The Center for European Policy Analysis. Co-Host of Kremlin File podcast.

*Elaine Monaghan, former Reuters correspondent in London, Moscow, Kyiv, Minsk, Kosovo and Ireland, and Washington columnist for The Times. Co-author of On The Brink, the memoir of CIA officer Tyler Drumheller.

*Patricia Ravalgi, former staffer at the House Intelligence Committee, the FBI and the U.S. Central Command.

*Gus Russo, a nine-time author (including two books on the Kennedy assassination), documentarian, and musician. His latest book is his first fiction, Gaia.

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Jeff Stein
Veteran natsec reporter. Pvsly Newsweek, WaPo, founding editor CQ/Homeland Security, dep foreign news editor UPI. Tips welcome via text at Signal 202-812-3034, email via spytalk@me.com and Twitter @talk_spy and @spytalker
Matt Brazil
Matt is a China analyst at BluePathLabs.com, a Fellow at Jamestown.org, and the co-author of Chinese Communist Espionage, An Intelligence Primer (2019). www.mattbrazil.net; matt.brazil@hushmail.com
Elaine Shannon
Elaine Shannon is a veteran national security correspondent for Time and Newsweek. Latest book: Hunting LeRoux (HarperCollins/Michael Mann Books)
Patricia Ravalgi
Patricia Ravalgi spent 28 years serving in intelligence positions on the House Intelligence Committee, at the FBI and U.S. Central Command.
James Grady
Author of SIX DAYS OF THE CONDOR, other novels and short stories, screenplays, investigative reporter. He lives inside the Beltway.
David Charney
Psychiatrist specializing in minds of insider spies. Met weekly for a year with three spies, including Hanssen. Read three white papers on website: NOIR4USA.com
Robert Gaudet
Dr. Robert Gaudet has been primarily involved in working on education achievement and criminal justice research.
Mark Stout
Dr. Mark Stout is an intelligence historian and a former US intelligence officer. He was the founding president of the North American Society for Intelligence History.
Gail Helt
Gail Helt is a former CIA analyst on East Asia, and provided support to the Obama Administration’s effort to transfer Guantanamo detainees. She now directs the security and intelligence studies program at King University in Bristol, Tennessee.
Filip Kovacevic
Originally from Montenegro, Dr. Filip Kovacevic teaches at the University of San Francisco. He is a board member of the Intl Association for Intel Education & Director of Outreach for the North American Society for Intel History.
Elaine Monaghan
A Scot, ex-Reuters London, Moscow, Kyiv, Minsk, Kosovo, Ireland, State Department. Covered foreign policy for CQ. Reported for The Times in DC. Authored Times Online column Abroad in America. Co-authored CIA memoir On The Brink with Tyler Drumheller.
Peter Kornbluh
Peter Kornbluh directs the Cuba Documentation Project at the National Security Archive in Washington D.C. He is author of Bay of Pigs Declassified, among other books on U.S.-Cuba relations.
Stuart Schoffman
Stuart Schoffman was a staff writer at Time Magazine and a film teacher at USC before moving in 1988 to Israel,, where he worked for many years as a columnist for the Jerusalem Report. He is also a translator of Israeli literary fiction.
Craig Unger
Craig Unger is the author of seven books, including bestsellers American Kompromat; House of Bush, House of Saud, and House of Trump, House of Putin. He has written for Vanity Fair, New York, Esquire, the New Yorker, among other publications.
Mark Fallon
Former NCIS Deputy Assistant Director and Homeland Security Senior Executive. Was the former Special Agent-in-Charge of the Pentagon task force established to bring suspected terrorists to justice before military commissions at Guantanamo Bay.
Todd Bensman
Todd Bensman currently serves as Senior National Security Fellow for the Center for Immigration Studies. Previously he worked in journalism and intelligence
Gretchen Peters
Executive Director of the Center on Illicit Networks and Transnational Organized Crime, as well as the Alliance to Counter Crime Online.
Franz J. Marty
Franz J. Marty has been living and working as a freelance journalist in Afghanistan since December 2014. He writes on a broad range of topics, but focuses on security issues and jihadism. For more of his work, follow him on Twitter @franzjmarty.
Kseniya Kirillova
A journalist & analyst focused on Russian society, mentality, the tactics of Russian propaganda, “soft power,” & foreign policy. Author of several hundred articles, including researches for the Atlantic Council, Stratfor, & the Jamestown Foundation
Jonathan Broder
A veteran reporter, editor and foreign correspondent, Broder writes about defense and foreign policy from Washington.
Peter Eisner
Peter Eisner is an award-winning reporter and editor, formerly at The Washington Post, Newsday, and the Associated Press.
Jefferson Morley
Jefferson Morley is a Washington journalist and author. He is co-founder and editor of JFK Facts and vice president of the Mary Ferrell Foundation, which sponsors the internet's largest archive of records related to JFK's assassination.
Frank Snepp
Frank Snepp, a former top CIA analyst, now a Peabody-Award winning journalist, specializes in national security issues. His CIA memoir, Decent Interval, triggered a landmark US Supreme Court ruling.
Ronald A. Marks III
Ronald A. Marks III was a former CIA official, Intelligence Council to two Senate Maj. Ldrs. A technology firm senior executive, Ron is a Visiting Professor at Geo.MasonU. & Johns Hopkins. Author of the book - Spying In America in the Post 9/11 World
Gus Russo
Gus Russo is a nine-time author (including two books on the Kennedy assassination), a documentarian, and musician. His latest book is his first fiction "Gaia."
Adam Zagorin
Adam Zagorin is a former Senior Correspondent at Time magazine
John Dinges
Formerly of The Washington Post, NPR, and Columbia U. Writes on Latin America, U.S. policy, dictatorships and security forces. Latest book, The Condor Years
Jim Laurie
Jim Laurie is an international writer and broadcaster. He roamed the world first for NBC News (1972-1978) and ABC News (1978-2000). He is the author of ‘THE LAST HELICOPTER: Two Lives in Indochina’ (2020), a memoir of Cambodia and Vietnam.
Olga Lautman
Analyst and researcher focused on Kremlin, organized crime, intel, Eastern Europe ▫️ Senior fellow for The Center for European Policy Analysis Co-Host of Kremlin File podcast
C. Tatum
C. Tatum is the pen name of a writer who observed efforts to evacuate Americans and Afghans from Kabul.
Melissa Graves
Associate prof of intel studies, historian, attorney. Author of Nixon’s FBI: Hoover, Watergate, and a Bureau in Crisis
Stephen Weissman
Political Scientist Stephen R. Weissman, former Staff Director of the House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Africa, has written widely on CIA covert action.
Ayako Doi
Former co-founder, The Japan Digest
Howard Altman
Howard Altman is an award-winning journalist with a long track record of shining the light where needed.
Maria Hartwig
Dr. Hartwig is Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Director & Co-Founder, Project Aletheia. She is an internationally recognized expert on deception, counter-deception, and interviewing and interrogation strategy.
John Seaman
I am a former Retired DEA Supervisory Special Agent with over 30 years’ experience in the Rule of Law Field who specialized in anti-corruption and establishing Rule of Law programs for both DEA & DOJ.
R.M. Schneiderman
Ross Schneiderman has been on staff at Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Signal: 937-751-0518. Email: rmschneiderman@protonmail.com.
Mike German
Mike German is a fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School and formerly served as a special agent at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.