Election Threats and Disrupting Chinese Espionage | Episode 115

William Tucker joins me for our weekly counterintelligence chat. In this episode we discuss the recent report for Microsoft that details Russian, Chinese, and Iranian attacks on individuals and organizations tied to our presidential campaigns and the recent move to revoke the visas of more than 1,000 Chinese grad students and researchers who have been deemed security risks.

Counterintelligence Chat: Alexei Navalny & Alexander Ma | Episode 109

William Tucker returns to look at the apparent poisoning of Alexei Navalny and yet another Chinese espionage case, this time involving Alexander Ma. It’s a classic case, with a Hawaii connection, and there’s likely more interesting details to come.

You can follow William Tucker on Twitter @tuckerwj

Preparing for A Career in Intelligence: Thoughts on Personal Security and Behavior | Episode 108

Former CIA officer Maggie Gwynne joins me to discuss how those interested in pursuing a career in intelligence should manage their profiles (online and off) and conduct themselves to prepare for a challenging recruitment and training period.

Maggie Gwynne is a former officer of the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, where she served in the Middle East and North Africa. She is an active mentor for several organizations, including one – Girl Security – that provides mentorship to young women ages 14 and up interested in national security.

You can follow Maggie on Twitter @GwynneMaggie

Understanding the Israel-UAE Deal | Episode 107

Alon Pinkas, who served as foreign policy advisor to Ehud Barak, political advisor to Shimon Peres, Chief of Staff to four Ministers of Foreign Affairs, and Consul General of Israel in New York City returns to Covert Contact for a quick dive on the drivers behind the deal and what it means for the region.

You can follow Alon on Twitter @AlonPinkas.