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 editors.
*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 worldwide favorite).
*Patricia Ravalgi, former staffer at the House Intelligence Committee, the FBI and the U.S. Central Command
*Elaine Shannon, a veteran TIME and Newsweek investigative correspondent, the magazines’ “queen of drugs and thugs. Her latest book is Hunting LeRoux: The Inside Story of the DEA Takedown of a Criminal Genius and His Empire.
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