Thursday, December 28, 2006

SpyCast

Since recently the International Spy Museum offers a SpyCast. These are Pod Casts of interviews and programs with ex-spies, intelligence experts and espionage scholars, that you can download and play on your PC or MP3 player. The SpyCast is hosted by Peter Earnest, a former CIA operations officer, and gives you the change to hear intelligence stories right from the key players themselves.

I just listened to some interesting interviews, or SpyCasts as they are called. The first one was with Oleg Kalugin, former Major General of the Soviet KGB and now living in the US. He discusses the espionage conflict between Russia and Georgia about the four GRU officers, and he goes back into time to talk about the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. In the second interview with former CIA officer Bob Rayle and KGB General Oleg Kalugin they discuss on the poisoning of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko. Bob Rayle also tells the story on the extraordinary defection of Svetlana Alliluyeva, daughter of Josef Stalin, and how he escorted her out of India to flee the USSR.

These and more interviews or programs are available for download at the International Spy Museum Spycast page, or the Spycast feed page. I advice to download them first before playing, since these are rather large files, up to 50 Mb. I can recommend a visit to the Museum site with lots of inside information from the past, or you can even visit the museum which is located in Washington DC.

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