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In Spinning Intelligence, contributors heralding from government, journalism, and academia confront the complementary yet often tense relationship between intelligence-gathering organizations and the media. Addressing high-level strategic issues all the way down to the operation of individual committees and departments, this anthology is not just for students of government and politics, but for anyone interested in the relationship between reporting and espionage.
Essays from the perspective of the journalist trace the evolving relationship between news media outlets and the government, especially with regards to advances in technology. Essays from the perspective of the political institution explain governmental oversight of intelligence agencies, the operation of clandestine information units, and the laws that govern the control of information.
Additional contributions investigate the exploitation of the globalized media by intelligence agencies; the CIA's reliance on open sources for intelligence purposes; the real-world use of open source intelligence in rolling back Libya's nuclear program; and the depiction of intelligence in popular culture, from films to popular fiction, which helped facilitate rendition and torture and has conditioned our responses to both. A final essay focuses on cultural representations of the war on terror and their implications for issues of national security.
Introduction Intelligence in the Information Age Robert Dover Dover, Robert Michael Goodman Goodman, Michael 1
1 Regulation by Revelation? Intelligence, the Media and Transparency Richard J. Aldrich Aldrich, Richard J. 13
2 Intelligence Secrets and Media Spotlights: Balancing Illumination and Dark Corners David Omand Omand, David 37
3 Terrorism and the Media: Information War Gordon Corera Corera, Gordon 57
4 Good Anthropology, Bad History: America's Cultural Turn in The War on Terror Patrick Porter Porter, Patrick 71
5 Open Source Intelligence and Nuclear Safeguards Wyn Q. Bowen Bowen, Wyn Q. 91
6 All the Secrets That Are Fit to Print? The Media and US Intelligence Agencies Before and After 9/11 Steve Hewitt Hewitt, Steve Scott Lucas Lucas, Scott 105
7 British Intelligence and the British Broadcasting Corporation: A Snapshot of a Happy Marriage Michael S. Goodman Goodman, Michael S. 117
8 Balancing National Security and the Media: The D-Notice Committee Nicholas Wilkinson Wilkinson, Nicholas 133
9 Reflections on a Lifetime of Reporting on Intelligence Affairs Chapman Pincher Pincher, Chapman 149
10 Bedmates or Sparring Partners? Canadian Perspectives on the Media- Intelligence Relationship in 'The New Propaganda Age' Tony Campbell Campbell, Tony 165
11 The Clandestine Clapperboard: Alfred Hitchcock's Tales of the Cold War Pierre Lethier Lethier, Pierre 185
12 From Vauxhall Cross with Love: Intelligence in Popular Culture Robert Dover Dover, Robert 201
Afterword Robert Dover Dover, Robert Michael Goodman Goodman, Michael 221
About the Contributors 255