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Siegfried Beer: Tracking Spies in the Archives

Siegfried Beer: Tracking Spies in the Archives

East German Spies in Austria!: The cover story of the Viennese weekly profil of 21 May jumped off the newsstand. Spy stories are hard to resist. This latest was about the one-time proprietor of Gutruf, a cigar chewing bon vivant by the name of Rudi Wein, code name “Procurer”, who re-surfaced recently in some newly-released […]

Book Review: Chris Pavone’s The Expats

Secrets Domestic and Foreign If Jane Austen were alive today and wrote a thriller, it might be something like The Expats, whose heroine, Kate Moore, is a former CIA operative. Like Austen, author Chris Pavone bypasses contemporary political issues and focuses on more intimate intrigues in this debut novel. National security is not at stake […]

Book Review: Fair Game, by Valerie Plame Wilson

The CIA’s Un-Fair Game On July 21, 2003, Valerie Plame Wilson got home from her office, in what she described as the “vast windowless vault” of the CIA in Washington, to find her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, in the den. “He clicked off the phone just as I came into the room, and he […]

…And Out Come The Wolves

Before even addressing the mendacious political treachery that is probably the point of this contemporary fable, let’s get one thing straight: Whatever else it is, Fair Game is a fantastic spy movie – suspenseful, engaging, a tantalizing tale of cloak and dagger well told. Fair Game, directed by Doug Liman, is based on two memoirs: […]

Cloak and Dagger Politics

Tales of political wiretapping and Internet espionage echo through the halls of the Austrian Parliament as public officials squirm under rumors of involvement with foreign intelligence service. With the parliamentary investigating committee reconvening after the summer break, accusations of spying between two of the opposition parties threaten reputations on both sides. It’s a bit of […]

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