Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism toAl-Qaeda [NOOK Book]

Overview

Who's spying on you? And how are they doing it?



Spycraft offers an unprecedented look at the CIA's most secretive operations and the devices that made them possible.



Written by the former director of the CIA's Office of Technical ...
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Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism toAl-Qaeda

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Overview

Who's spying on you? And how are they doing it?



Spycraft offers an unprecedented look at the CIA's most secretive operations and the devices that made them possible.



Written by the former director of the CIA's Office of Technical Service, Robert Wallace (a real-life Q, straight out of the James Bond films), and internationally renowned intelligence historian H. Keith Melton, Spycraft reveals how the CIA carries out its life-and-death missions against a backdrop of geopolitical tensions - including the Cold War, the Cuben Missile Crisis, and the War on Terror.



More relevant than ever - given the news about Edward Snowden and the NSA, concerns about privacy rights, organizations like Julian Assange's WikiLeaks, and popular entertainment like The Americans and Homeland - Spycraft is an important and revealing primer on the fundamentals of high-tech espionage.




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What People Are Saying

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"Details of operational activity are as engrossing as the descriptions of the equipment."
-Library Journal

"Reveals more concrete information about CIA tradecraft than any book... [Deserves] a five cloak-and-dagger rating."
-The Washington Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440635304
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/29/2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 305,380
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Robert Wallace is the former director of the CIA's Office of Technical Service and lives in Virginia. A recipient of the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit, Wallace founded the Artemus Consulting Group in 2004, providing management and intelligence counsel to corporate and government clients. He is also a contributor to the oral history program of CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence.


H. Keith Melton is an internationally recognized author, historian, and expert on clandestine devices and technology. He is the technical tradecraft historian at the Interagency Training Center in Washington, D.C. He has assembled the world's largest collection of espionage devices and lectures widely throughout the U.S. intelligence community and abroad. He resides in Florida. 


Henry Robert Schlesinger is an author and journalist who has covered intelligence technologies, counterterrorism, and law enforcement. His work has appeared in Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Technology Review, and Smithsonian magazine. He lives in New York City.

Robert Wallace is the former director of the CIA's Office of Technical Service and lives in Virginia. A recipient of the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit, Wallace founded the Artemus Consulting Group in 2004, providing management and intelligence counsel to corporate and government clients. He is also a contributor to the oral history program of CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence.


H. Keith Melton is an internationally recognized author, historian, and expert on clandestine devices and technology. He is the technical tradecraft historian at the Interagency Training Center in Washington, D.C. He has assembled the world's largest collection of espionage devices and lectures widely throughout the U.S. intelligence community and abroad. He resides in Florida. 


Henry Robert Schlesinger is an author and journalist who has covered intelligence technologies, counterterrorism, and law enforcement. His work has appeared in Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Technology Review, and Smithsonian magazine. He lives in New York City.

Robert Wallace is the former director of the CIA's Office of Technical Service and lives in Virginia. A recipient of the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit, Wallace founded the Artemus Consulting Group in 2004, providing management and intelligence counsel to corporate and government clients. He is also a contributor to the oral history program of CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence.


H. Keith Melton is an internationally recognized author, historian, and expert on clandestine devices and technology. He is the technical tradecraft historian at the Interagency Training Center in Washington, D.C. He has assembled the world's largest collection of espionage devices and lectures widely throughout the U.S. intelligence community and abroad. He resides in Florida. 


Henry Robert Schlesinger is an author and journalist who has covered intelligence technologies, counterterrorism, and law enforcement. His work has appeared in Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Technology Review, and Smithsonian magazine. He lives in New York City.

Robert Wallace is the former director of the CIA's Office of Technical Service and lives in Virginia. A recipient of the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit, Wallace founded the Artemus Consulting Group in 2004, providing management and intelligence counsel to corporate and government clients. He is also a contributor to the oral history program of CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence.


H. Keith Melton is an internationally recognized author, historian, and expert on clandestine devices and technology. He is the technical tradecraft historian at the Interagency Training Center in Washington, D.C. He has assembled the world's largest collection of espionage devices and lectures widely throughout the U.S. intelligence community and abroad. He resides in Florida. 


Henry Robert Schlesinger is an author and journalist who has covered intelligence technologies, counterterrorism, and law enforcement. His work has appeared in Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Technology Review, and Smithsonian magazine. He lives in New York City.



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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Preface xvii

Official Message from the CIA xxvii

Section I At The Beginning

1 My Hair Stood on End 3

2 We Must Be Ruthless 16

Section II Playing Catch-Up

3 The Penkovsky Era 25

4 Beyond Penkovksy 36

5 Bring in the Engineers 53

6 Building Better Gadgets 62

Section III In The Passing Lane

7 Moving Through the Gap 81

8 The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword (and Shield) 87

9 Fire in the Arctic 103

10 A Dissident at Heart 110

11 An Operation Called CKTAW 138

Section IV Let The Walls Have Ears

12 Cold Beer, Cheap Hotels, and a Voltmeter 159

13 Progress in a New Era 179

14 The Age of Bond Arrives 195

15 Genius Is Where You Find It 232

Section V Prison, Bullet, Passport, Bomb

16 Conspicuous Fortitude, Exemplary Courage in a Cuban Jail 249

17 War by Any Other Name 277

18 Con Men, Fabricators, and Forgers 307

19 Tracking Terrorist Snakes 325

Section VI Fundamentals of Tradecraft

20 Assessment 363

21 Cover and Disguise 381

22 Concealments 388

23 Clandestine Surveillance 401

24 Covert Communications 420

25 Spies and the Age of Information 443

Epilogue: An Uncommon Service 461

Appendix A U.S. Clandestine Services and OTS Organizational Genealogy 465

Appendix B Selected Chronology of OTS 466

Appendix C Directors of OTS 468

Appendix D CIA Trailblazers from OTS 469

Appendix E Pseudonyms of CIA Officers Used 471

Appendix F Instructions to Decipher the Official Message from the CIA on page xxv 472

Glossary 473

Notes 481

Selected Bibliography 525

Acknowledgments 533

Index 537

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