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    NYT Honors Model, Countess, Author, OSS Spy Aline Griffith

    The New York Times has just published a nice overview of the life and times of Aline Griffith, one of the greats who helped fight the Nazi’s in World War Two as part of the OSS.

    From their overview:

    Aline Griffith, a former model from suburban New York City who transformed herself into a dressed-to-kill self-proclaimed spy and Spanish countess, died on Monday in Madrid. She was in her mid-90s.

    “I’ve been jailed in Malaga, kidnapped in Madrid and attacked in Switzerland,” the countess was quoted as saying in The Boston Globe in 1987.

    She wrote that after being abducted as she was leaving a dinner at a Madrid country-club dinner with high-ranking Nazis in 1944, she shot one of the kidnappers, who turned out to be a double agent. She was uncertain, though, whether she had actually killed him.

    “Naturally, I didn’t wait to take his pulse,” she recalled.

    She said that before her marriage in 1947 she promised her fiancé, a Spanish nobleman, that she would retire as a spy.

    But the job was irresistible. By her account she later traced stolen Nazi art; enlisted Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, in 1966 to help ferret out a Soviet mole who had infiltrated NATO; was assigned to prevent the assassination of King Hassan II of Morocco in 1971; and was dispatched to war-torn El Salvador in the early 1980s

    “Espionage becomes like a drug,” she told People magazine in 1990.

    For more see:
    Model, Countess, Author, Spy: Aline Griffith Is Dead

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    BBC Report On The Female Code-Breakers Who Were Left Out Of The History Books

    In depth reporting and historical research by BBC has produced a very well done overview of some of the greatest defenders of western civilization, many of whom were left out of the history books. The report reviews some of the greats in code-breaking who over the last 100 years played significant roles in both defending information and breaking codes of adversaries. Thanks to BBC’s reporting, their contributions are now emerging.

    For more see: The Female Code-Breakers Who Were Left Out Of History Books

    The report begins:

    “Picture this. In 1917, the United States is just entering World War One. But to begin with, its military is small and its capacity for intelligence gathering is severely limited. There is no NSA or CIA. In fact, military code-breaking is being done on a small but intense scale – at a mansion estate in the Illinois countryside owned by an eccentric millionaire.

    And the two people at the centre of this extraordinary operation are the code-breaking team Elizebeth Smith and William Friedman, who would later marry. Neither had formal training in cryptanalysis. Elizebeth had studied Shakespeare and Tennyson at college and Friedman had a PhD in genetics. But – as is important both in literary and genetic analysis – the two were adept at recognising patterns.

    They now found themselves cracking enemy codes sent from Washington at the only place in the country where this sort of work was, at that time, being done for the military.”

    We track all the great Spy Tales, including stories of good and bad spies. Track more here.


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    Darkest Hour: A film that will make you feel like you were there

    We can tell from the trailer, this movie will make you feel like you were there in Great Britain’s Darkest Hour.

    We can’t wait to see how espionage and the spy services are treated in this video.

    DARKEST HOUR, a Focus Features presentation of a Working Title Films Production.A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

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    The Death of Stalin

    This is a comedy, but it really has lessons for us all. To laugh we have to suspend belief and reality for a while. Stalin was responsible for the death of millions and there is nothing funny about that. But maybe by finding things to laugh at we can gain some new insights into the old Soviet Union.

    The story came from a graphic novel that told a darkly comic tale about hte power vacuum left behind after Stalin’s death.

    In the days following Stalin’s collapse, his core team of ministers tussle for control; some want positive change in the Soviet Union, others have more sinister motives. Their one common trait? They’re all just desperately trying to remain alive.

    A film that combines comedy, drama, pathos and political manoeuvring, The Death of Stalin  is a Quad and Main Journey production, directed by Armando Iannucci, and produced by Yann Zenou, Kevin Loader, Nicolas Duval Assakovsky, and Laurent Zeitoun. The script is written by Iannucci, David Schneider and Ian Martin, with additional material by Peter Fellows.

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    Science of Spying – Secrets of the CIA | Documentary | 1965

    This video from 1965 on the Science of Spying is excellently narrated to John Chancellor, and features a really well done opening scene you will not want to miss. 

    The contextualizing is excellent, and many good points about spying are made, like how important it is to self protection. Definitely worth a look. 

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    Cyber Espionage: The Chinese Threat

    We have all been warned about cyber espionage and the way it targets the intellectual property of businesses in every sector of the economy. This video provides important context on this threat. As our intellectual property is stolen parts of our future are also being taken. The cost to firms is impossible to calculate.

    The Chinese Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) is revealed in this video.
    How are they doing it? Through the modern version of the same spy game that has been underway since the beginning of time.

    A key reason to study the cyber threat and cyber spies is to motivate yourself for a better defense. To do that we recommend a visit to ThingsCyber.com

    This site also reviews the most critical components of the Tech Landscape and provides insights into Cyber Threats.

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    Every James Bond Movie Ranked Worst To Best

    Opinions may vary on this, but the quick overview of every James Bond movie (and even the strange TV show of Bond the CIA agent) will get you thinking about your favorite 007 video. 

    What are your views? Agree with the ranking? Maybe this is a good excuse to bing watch all the videos yourself!

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    Gordon Welchman: The Codebreaker Who Hacked Hitler and Started The Cloud Computing Revolution

    Gordon Welchman established most most critical functions of Bletchley Park, including the key traffic analysis functions known as “Hut 6”.

    Gordon Welchman worked closely with Alan Turing, coming up with inspired, improvised solutions to improve the Bombe solution, reducing the time it takes to read enemy messages to hours instead of days. By 1941, Bletchley’s decodes were now changing the course of the war.

    Gordon moved to the U.S. and was instrumental in the postwar national security community and in shaping the U.S. intelligence community, especially the NSA. He continued to innovate throughout his life. He established networking ideas and approaches including new methods for command and control of the military and game changing methods of managing battles. He anticipated the Internet and the development of the cloud and cloud computing.

    He published a book of his memories, titled The Hut Six Story, but this got him into trouble with NSA and caused him to lose his clearance. That is a very sad day in history, and something I wish we could apologize to him for.

    He had made decisive impacts on both World War Two and the Cold War. And really deserves our thanks for what he has done.

    For more see: The Hut Six Story: Breaking the Enigma Codes

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