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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.

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.

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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.

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English


Episodes

The Analyst

6/16/2020
CIA analyst Sarah Carlson spent a year at the U.S. Mission in Libya after the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi. When battles between rival Libyan militias edged closer and closer to the U.S. compound, she and the other personnel there were forced to flee the country in a harrowing overland journey. Carlson’s story wraps up Season 2 of I Spy. We’ll be back soon with more episodes.

Duration:00:30:05

Hear More about 'The Operative' with I Spy Plus

6/15/2020
This season, there’s more I Spy with I Spy Plus. Get ad-free episodes and access to weekly bonus material right in your favorite podcast app. This week, Amy Mackinnon discusses the episode with Anne Speckhard, an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University who specializes in understanding the motivations of terrorists. Listen to an excerpt of the episode and subscribe to I Spy Plus at foreignpolicy.com/ispy.

Duration:00:01:19

The Operative

6/9/2020
Mubin Shaikh poses as a Muslim extremist to nab Canadians who planned to stage large-scale attacks on government targets. The group he infiltrated would come to be known as the Toronto 18. 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.

Duration:00:35:07

Hear More about 'The Bookseller' with I Spy Plus

6/8/2020
This season, there’s more I Spy with I Spy Plus. Get ad-free episodes and access to weekly bonus material right in your favorite podcast app. This week, Amy Mackinnon talks to Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins. Listen to an excerpt of the episode and subscribe to I Spy Plus at foreignpolicy.com/ispy.

Duration:00:01:19

The Bookseller

6/2/2020
Naveed Jamali worked at his parents’ specialty book business, a little company that counted among its regular customers one very unusual client: a Russian spy. Jamali hatched a plan to nab the Russian that turned into a three-year odyssey, requiring him to work as an FBI informant and pose as a Russian asset. 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...

Duration:00:32:26

Hear More about 'The Widow Spy' with I Spy Plus

6/1/2020
This season, there’s more I Spy with I Spy Plus. Get ad-free episodes and access to weekly bonus material right in your favorite podcast app. This week, a former CIA officer gives Amy Mackinnon a tour of Washington DC's most iconic spy sites. Listen to an excerpt of the episode and subscribe to I Spy Plus at foreignpolicy.com/ispy.

Duration:00:01:13

The Widow Spy

5/26/2020
Martha Peterson handled one of the most valuable Soviet spies of the Cold War, code-named TRIGON—until the KGB got wind of the operation. Peterson was a young undercover officer working at the American embassy in Moscow in the mid-70s. She was the first female operations officers assigned the Soviet Union for the CIA. 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...

Duration:00:31:40

Hear More about 'The Whistleblower' with I Spy Plus

5/25/2020
This season, there’s more I Spy with I Spy Plus. Get ad-free episodes and access to weekly bonus material right in your favorite podcast app. This week, Amy Mackinnon and Dan Ephron discuss 'The Whistleblower' with Irvin McCullough, the deputy director of legislation at the Government Accountability Project. Listen to this excerpt of the episode and subscribe to I Spy Plus at foreignpolicy.com/ispy.

Duration:00:01:27

The Whistleblower

5/19/2020
Thomas Drake joined the NSA in 2001 to help deal with the glut of data created by the huge rise of Internet use around the world. But he grew increasingly troubled by something else: the way the U.S. government was targeting its own citizens for surveillance after the attacks of September 11. 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...

Duration:00:26:23

Hear More about 'The Chaperone' with I Spy Plus

5/15/2020
This season, there’s more I Spy with I Spy Plus. Get ad-free episodes and access to weekly bonus material right in your favorite podcast app. This week, Dan Ephron and Amy Mackinnon discuss 'The Chaperone' with Joseph Augustyn, a CIA veteran who headed the agency's defector resettlement center. Listen to this excerpt of the episode and subscribe to I Spy Plus at foreignpolicy.com/ispy.

Duration:00:01:48

The Chaperone

5/12/2020
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.

Duration:00:31:52

The Targeter

5/5/2020
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.

Duration:00:29:26

Hear More about 'The Targeter' with I Spy Plus

5/5/2020
This season, there’s more I Spy with I Spy Plus. Get ad-free episodes and access to weekly bonus material right in your favorite podcast app. This week, Dan Ephron and Amy Mackinnon discuss 'The Targeter' with Joby Warrick, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS. Listen to this excerpt of the episode and subscribe to I Spy Plus at foreignpolicy.com/ispy.

Duration:00:01:27

Hear More about 'The Survivor' with I Spy Plus

4/29/2020
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. This week's episode, Amy Mackinnon and Dan Ephron discussing the making of the show and talk to Stephen R. Weissman about his book American Foreign Policy in the Congo, 1960-1964. Subscribe to I Spy Plus today at foreignpolicy.com/ispy.

Duration:00:01:03

The Survivor

4/28/2020
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.

Duration:00:37:26

I Spy, Season 2 - Coming April 28

4/23/2020
Foreign Policy’s hit show returns Tuesday, April 28 with the first of eight new episodes. From a former CIA officer’s retelling of how he survived a plane crash in the Congo to the hunt for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq – tune in to hear more spies tell the stories of clandestine operations in their own words. And this season, there’s more I Spy with I Spy Plus. Get ad-free I Spy episodes and weekly bonus episodes right in your podcast feed, plus more exclusive espionage content. Subscribe to...

Duration:00:01:29

The Jumper

12/10/2019
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.

Duration:00:23:16

The Art Dealer

12/3/2019
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.

Duration:00:30:17

The Counterspy

11/26/2019
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.

Duration:00:32:41

The Man With the Antidote

11/19/2019
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.

Duration:00:32:30