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Target USA -- Episode 172: Jonna Mendez, former CIA chief of disguise talks about her book, 'The Moscow Rules'

The legendary woman, who created some of the CIA's most ingenious disguises, talks about the rules of the road for U.S. spies in Moscow, her career and her famous husband, the late Tony Mendez of "Argo" fame.

Target USA Podcast by WTOP
00:40:52 6/5/2019

Past Episodes

On the prior episode, we got news that Paul Whelan -- who's being held in a Russian prison on espionage charges -- had been injured and had complained about rough treatment by guards. Since news from his family about his worsening condition has gained widespread attention, it seems as though Congress has taken a deeper interest in getting him out of there. Elizabeth Whelan, Paul Whelan's sister, joins us for an unvarnished, candid interview about the hard road to get America to sit up and take notice of his case.
00:00:00 9/18/2019
Paul Whelan has been held in Russia's notorious KGB-era prison, Lefortovo, since December of 2018. He's allegedly committed espionage. No evidence has been presented. No indictment has been handed up and despite public ridicule, Russia's intelligence service, the FSB, continues holding him. Recently he was injured and complained about rough treatment by guards. His twin brother David updates Target USA.
00:00:00 9/10/2019
There have been four mass shootings since July. Forty four people have died. Brian Harrell, assistant director of the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency, tells Target USA they're taking action.
00:00:00 9/4/2019
Since its so-called "caliphate" collapsed in October 2018, the Islamic State group has remained a threat. It's killed more than 400 people in worldwide terror attacks. Colonel Scott Rawlinson, spokesman for U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve, joins Target USA from Baghdad to discuss the continued fight to neutralize the group and how it's being done.
00:00:00 8/28/2019
The potency of Clarissa Ward's reporting from the Central African Republic for CNN is undeniable. We talk with her about the dangerous proposition of trying to uncover the exploits of "Putin's Army," better known as the Wagner group, a dangerous private army believed to have murdered other journalists there. We also hear about the shocking intimidation and harassment Ward and her crew faced.
00:00:00 8/21/2019
During an event recorded in front of a live audience at D.C.'s Politics and Prose bookstore and punctuated by light moments and difficult questions from the audience, host JJ Green interviewed author Philip Mudd about the hours and days after the 9/11 attacks and the decisions the CIA made to try to extract information from people it believed could lead them to the perpetrators of the attacks.
01:04:49 8/14/2019
North Korea has launched more than a half-dozen missiles in the past few weeks. Many of them are new variants, which suggests that North Korea is continuing to march toward building nuclear weapons. At the same time, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un has all but demanded the U.S. to return to negotiations. What's North Korea's objective? What will the U.S. likely do? Former U.S. Special Envoy Joe Detrani talks with Target USA about the options.
00:38:19 8/7/2019
Every country on the planet is thinking about one thing: the next step in the progression of cyber warfare and what the weapons of the future will look like. Tanel Sepp, cyber policy director for Estonia's Ministry of Defense, tells us what to expect on this episode of Target USA.
00:00:00 7/31/2019
Have you tried the new appearance-altering computer applications? Suddenly, the technology has become a national security concern. On this episode, we hear what people think and a warning from the former director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
00:35:37 7/24/2019
Leaders from NATO, the FBI, and cyber security firms Crowd Strike and Fire Eye all agree securing personal, government, military and corporate data is among the most daunting challenges of the modern era -- and it's high time all people wake up to the danger the face from cyber insecurity.
00:00:00 7/17/2019

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