Target USA Podcast by WTOP

Marat Mindiyarov worked in the nerve center of Russia's infamous St. Petersburg troll house. He saw the plan, reluctantly participated in the plot and played a key role in the Internet Research Agency. The organization conducted an operation to trick Americans on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms into believing a Kremlin-backed disinformation campaign -- until he could no longer put up with the hours, the drudgery and diabolical plot. So he quit and began sounding alarm. Shortly afterward he was arrested. We have all the details on this episode.

Target USA Podcast by WTOP
00:32:01 9/19/2018

Past Episodes

More than 10,000 spies are believed to be residing in Washington, D.C., living among a population of about 700,000 people. That means one in every 70 people you run into in D.C. is likely a spy. How do you tell? What are they up to? How do they do their work? Many of the answers and the profound history of espionage lie inside a new glass and steel structure called the International Spy Museum.
00:27:16 5/15/2019
The report is in. The investigation is over. There will be no more indictments, arrests or trials. Now, the nation is locked in a battle over impeachment and executive privilege. How did we get here and how will we get out? Answers on this edition of Target USA.
00:34:26 5/8/2019
Ambassador Joe Detrani is the former U.S. Special Envoy for the Six Party Talks with North Korea. He tells Target USA that Kim Jong Un's decision to launch a short-range ballistic missile over the weekend was dangerous and shortsighted. It could signal the end any meaningful chance to achieve denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.
00:00:00 5/5/2019
In August 2018, Alireza Jafarzadeh was eating in a Los Angeles restaurant. He noticed a very friendly waiter offering exceptional service, free food and a lot of attention. He later learned from the FBI, the waiter was a part of a "capture and kill" scheme cooked up by Iranian intelligence. Listen as Jafarzadeh explains what happened on this episode of Target USA.
00:28:52 5/1/2019
More than 350 died and more than 500 were wounded after a series of coordinated blasts rocked the island-nation of Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler Sr., the director of the Counter Extremism Project, says this shocking attack was the Islamic State group's way of announcing that its new reign of terror is underway.
00:00:00 4/24/2019
As we learn more from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on "The investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election," it's clear the Russian government and its key intelligence agencies ran a long-term, sophisticated interference operation that we're just beginning to understand. Target USA host JJ Green details some of the early takeaways from the report.
00:02:30 4/18/2019
A Maryland man plotted to run over people using a stolen U-Haul. FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Jennifer Moore, Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski and WTOP Reporter Megan Cloherty join us to explain what happened and what's next in the war against terrorism.
00:00:00 4/17/2019
Target USA host JJ Green discussed the arrested of Julian Assange and explains what led up to it.
00:00:00 4/10/2019
Maj. Gen. Roger Cloutier, commanding general of U.S. Army Africa, breaks down Exercise African Lion 2019, which took place in Morocco. He discusses what happened, why it was important and what it means for the future of the U.S. military, and its military partners in Africa and beyond.
00:00:00 4/10/2019
Terrorism experts Tricia Bacon, Douglas Wise and Bruce Alexander join us to lay out their views on terror groups, tactics and the future of terrorism.
00:19:40 4/3/2019

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