Jeff Stein
Intelligence for Thinking People
Created 12 Aug 2020
  • A Real life Tehran Spy Thriller
    16 Nov 2020 • 6 min read • 3 0
    Share The best spy thrillers leave you guessing who dunnit for weeks, if it’s a television series like Tehran, the enthralling espionage drama playing now on Apple TV. And so it goes with the real-lif...
  • Trump Can’t Count on Chris Miller for a Coup
    10 Nov 2020 • 2 min read • 2 0
    Share Christopher Miller, the counterterrorism expert tapped to lead the Defense Department during a tumultuous presidential transition period, won’t help President Donald Trump stay in office with th...
  • Editor’s Note
    08 Nov 2020 • 3 min read • 4 4
    On October 29 we published an article raising questions about the largely self-financed campaign of Brooke Pinto, a member of the D.C. Council who was standing for reelection. In particular we highlig...
  • Spy Agency Shakeups, and More, on the Way
    08 Nov 2020 • 6 min read • 3 1
    Imagine, if you will, President-elect Joe Biden dispatching John Brennan, Andrew McCabe and Alexander Vindman to the White House to run his national security transition team. A fever dream, to be sure...
  • Is a New Cold War Looming if Joe Biden Wins? Open thread—>
    05 Nov 2020 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Share The Democratic party platform called for countering China “without resorting to self-defeating, unilateral tariff wars or falling into the trap of a new Cold War,” but Beijing’s aggressive influ...
  • Election Violence Fails to Materialize—So Far
    05 Nov 2020 • 2 min read
    Share Far right militias and other anti-government and pro-Trump extremists appeared to be staying home Wednesday, despite the president’s claim that the election was being stolen and his demand that ...
  • Let's Rumble, Pro-Trump Extremists Say
    03 Nov 2020 • 2 min read • 3 0
    Share A London-based organization that monitors worldwide hate groups says a wide variety of individuals and groups, ranging from gun-rights activists to anti-government vigilantes, anti-Black Lives M...
  • R.I.P. Sean Connery
    01 Nov 2020 • 2 min read • 6 4
    Share Like every other teenager in the 1960s, I was thrilled by the James Bond flicks starring Sean Connery as British MI6 agent 007. Bond’s clever lines, white dinner jackets, sexual seductions and w...
  • Is China Preparing to Attack Taiwan?
    26 Oct 2020 • < 1 min read • 3 5
    Share Worries are growing that China is going to take advantage of U.S. election chaos and seize islands belonging to Taiwan, raising the spectre of a military clash with the U.S. Navy that could quic...
  • A Nice October Surprise
    22 Oct 2020 • 1 min read • 3 0
    Share A couple weeks ago Politico called SpyTalk a “must-read.” Then the folks at AFIO, the Association for Former Intelligence Officers, applauded us for coming back “with gusto.” (SpyTalk first appe...
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