Trading Secrets: Spies and Intelligence in an Age of Terror [NOOK Book]

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Today’s intelligence community faces challenges that would have been inconceivable only a dozen years ago. Just as al-Qaeda’s destruction of the Twin Towers heralded a revolution in global diplomacy, the events of 9/11 also threw two centuries of spy-craft into turmoil – because this new enemy could not be bought. Gone were the sleepers and moles whose trade in secrets had sustained intelligence agencies in both peacetime and war. A new method of intelligence had been born._x000D__x000D_The award-winning former ...
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Trading Secrets: Spies and Intelligence in an Age of Terror

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Overview

Today’s intelligence community faces challenges that would have been inconceivable only a dozen years ago. Just as al-Qaeda’s destruction of the Twin Towers heralded a revolution in global diplomacy, the events of 9/11 also threw two centuries of spy-craft into turmoil – because this new enemy could not be bought. Gone were the sleepers and moles whose trade in secrets had sustained intelligence agencies in both peacetime and war. A new method of intelligence had been born._x000D__x000D_The award-winning former Financial Times security correspondent Mark Huband here takes us deep inside this new unseen world of spies and intelligence. With privileged access to intelligence officers from Rome to Kabul and from Khartoum to Guantanamo Bay, he reveals how spies created secret channels to the IRA, deceived Iran’s terrorist allies, frequently attempted to infiltrate al-Qaeda, and forced Libya to abandon its nuclear weapons. Using accounts from ex-KGB officers, Huband vividly describes the devastation caused by the West’s misreading of Soviet intentions in Africa, and explains how ill-prepared western intelligence agencies were when the Cold War was replaced by the perception of a new terrorist threat. _x000D__x000D_Benefiting from privileged access to intelligence sources across the world, Trading Secrets provides a unique and controversial assessment of the catastrophic failure of spies to grasp the realities of the Taliban’s grip on Afghanistan, and draws upon exclusive interviews with serving officers in assessing the ability of the major intelligence agencies to combat the threat of twenty-first century terrorism._x000D_
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857733481
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • Publication date: 12/14/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Mark Huband is a former journalist who has worked for The Guardian, The Times and The Financial Times. He specializes in issues relating to defence, security and terrorism and has also reported on Africa and the Middle East.

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Table of Contents

Prologue
• 'The Craft of Cheat and Imposter'
• The First Intelligence War
• Talking to Terrorists
• Making Spies
• Games without Frontiers
• The Osama Method
• The Road to 9/11
• Guantanamo Days
• Know Your Enemy
• Shadow Wars
• Epilogue

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