Not all spies look like James Bond and Ethan Hunt. Most of them look like ordinary people, which makes them all the more dangerous... So what does it really take to be a spy? Every week, we cover a real-life spy mission: the stakes, the deception, the gadgets, and how it changed the course of history. Each two-part series follows one mission of a historic spy, and if they made it out alive. Espionage is a production of Cutler Media and part of the Parcast Network.
In 1930s England, plenty of young Cambridge men were communists during their University Days. But most of them dropped the left wing politics when they left school. Donald Maclean, along with the rest of the Cambridge Five, was the exception: however high he climbed in the ranks of the Foreign Service, his loyalty was with the Soviets.
After secretly giving Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward information on Watergate in the late 1960s, Mark Felt struggled to balance his public life and his secret one. He knew that what he shared with Woodward would have a dramatic effect on the way American citizens saw their government. When Watergate ended, Felt's friendship with Woodward deteriorated. And for the rest of Felt's life he struggled with whether or not to come clean about being the infamous informant known as Deep Throat.
Mark Felt, also known as “Deep Throat” was the most famous whistleblower in the definitive government scandal in United States history. Serving in the Federal Bureau of Investigations for over 30 years placed Felt in the ideal position to observe and divulge key information regarding President Richard Nixon’s abuse of presidential powers in the 1960s and 70s. Parcasters - Watergate forever changed the way Americans look at the presidency, but could there be more to the story? Find out today on Conspiracy Theories! Subscribe to Conspiracy Theories on Spotify to listen now!
Humans are the most adaptable species on the planet. We endure fierce blizzards, build communities in the blistering heat of the Sahara, erect societies on mountains. Our new podcast, NATURAL DISASTERS reminds us Mother Nature is ultimately always in control.In this clip, we take you through the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, a massive volcanic event that took both native Indonesian peoples and Dutch colonists by surprise. Subscribe to NATURAL DISASTERS to listen to the rest of this episode!
Now an SOE agent trained in cryptic radio messages and sabotage, Nancy Wake found herself parachuting back into France. Her mission: organize over 7,000 French Maquis scattered across France, arm them, and prepare them for the impending invasion of Europe by the Allies, D-Day.Sponsors!hims - Get a trial month of HIMS for just $5 today right now while supplies last at ForHims.com/ESPIONAGE.
When France fell to Nazi Germany in 1940 and established the puppet regime known as Vichy France, former journalist and socialite Nancy Wake knew she couldn't sit around and do nothing. Using her social status as cover, she quickly joined the young French Resistance and smuggled escaped Allied soldiers and Jewish refugees out France and into Spain.Sponsors!Native - For 20% off your first purchase, visit NativeDeodorant.com and use promo code ESPIONAGE during checkout!
After moving to Florida in the 1990s, George Trofimoff thought he had left all traces of his espionage back in Europe. However, the FBI knew what he had done, and was determined to make him pay for it.Parcasters - Is there any truth behind the rumored society that protects the secrets of the Holy Grail? Learn more about the Priory of Sion on this week’s episode of Conspiracy Theories!
In 1969, American intelligence officer George Trofimoff agreed to provide copies of highly classified documents to the Soviet Union. Driven by a lust for wealth, he was willing to give up his adopted country's biggest secrets for the chance to live a life of luxury.Sponsors!Away - For $20 off a suitcase, visit AwayTravel.com/ESPIONAGE and use promo code ESPIONAGE during checkout!hims - Get a trial month of HIMS for just $5 while supplies last. Go to ForHims.com/ESPIONAGE.
From counterfeit goods, to fake love interests, and even major financial fraud, you will find it all in our new show. In this Parcast Original, we examine the swindlers behind the scam, and the victims manipulated by their deceit. In CON ARTISTS you will learn about the art of the hustle, and the ways you can spot a con. In this clip, we explore the massive Ponzi scheme orchestrated by fraudster Bernie Madoff. Subscribe to CON ARTISTS on Spotify or wherever you listen to Parcast to listen to the rest of this episode!
Successfully infiltrating Vichy France and establishing high-level diplomatic contacts for British intelligence was just the beginning of Virginia Hall's plan to fight the Nazis. But as she executed prison breaks, recruited sex-workers, and hid downed RAF pilots in her apartment, the Gestapo was closing in...Parcasters - Don’t miss all of our special Summer of ‘69 episodes by subscribing to Parcast Presents: Summer of ‘69, on Spotify, or anywhere you listen to podcasts!Sponsors!Veestro - Try the 6 most popular Veestro meals for just $49! Visit TryVeestro.com/Espionage.
Baltimore-born Virginia Hall only had one leg, but she wasn't going to let that stop her from joining the Allied war effort and fighting fascism. She arrived in Vichy France in 1941 to help Jews escape over the Pyrenees and sabotage the Nazis.Sponsors!Pair of Thieves - Get 20% off your first order at PairOfThieves.com/ESPIONAGE.
After being found out by the British government, George Blake's spy career was finally at an end. His punishment was likely far greater than he anticipated. But even today, some believe the spy escaped true justice.Sponsors!Native - For 20% off your first purchase, visit NativeDeodorant.com/ESPIONAGE and use promo code ESPIONAGE during checkout!Veestro - Visit TryVeestro.com/ESPIONAGE to try the six most popular Veestro meals for just $49!
Held in a Korean POW camp in 1948, British intelligence agent George Blake converted to communism and was released back to England. He thus began a long career of spying on the British for the Soviets throughout the Cold War. Parcasters - When conservation advocate Joy Adamson turned up dead, the authorities initially suspected one of her lions. Little did they know one of her disgruntled employees would be much more dangerous! Listen to her story on Assassinations, available now on Spotify or wherever you get your Parcast Originals!
After his arrest and prison break in 1757, Casanova’s run-ins with the Venetian Inquisition were only beginning. To get protection from Venice, Casanova need to win the favor of a more powerful government: France.Sponsors!Pair of Thieves - Get 20% off your first order at PairOfThieves.com/ESPIONAGE.
In the 1700s, the Venetian State Inquisitors arrested anyone they deemed a security threat: Spies. Blasphemers. Gamblers. Social climbers. Anyone who upset the traditional order. All of these traits applied to Giacomo Girolamo Casanova.Sponsors!Daily Harvest - Go to Daily-Harvest.com and enter promo code SPY to get three cups FREE in your first box!
Despite his below-average job performance and his secret work as a Soviet spy, Rick Ames managed to keep his CIA position for years in the 1960s. In the hunt for their elusive mole, the Agency was battling against their own inefficiency and ineptitude.Sponsors!Daily Harvest - Go to Daily-Harvest.com and enter promo code SPY to get three cups FREE in your first box!
He was a chronic underachiever - lazy, reckless, alcoholic, and barely hanging on to his desk job at the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1960s. But all of these flaws made Aldrich Ames perfectly suited for a new career: leaking state secrets to the KGB.Sponsors!Pair of Thieves - Get 20% off your first order at PairOfThieves.com/ESPIONAGE.Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/ESPIONAGE to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
Linguist. Spy. Slumlord. Sex offender. Larry Chin was a man of many hats. But after 33 years spying for the Chinese government in 1985, the FBI still couldn’t force him into the role of “convicted prisoner.”Parcasters - Larry Wu-tai Chin became fabulously wealthy by selling state secrets, not unlike the subjects covered on our organized crime podcast, Kingpins! Listen to our new episode today on the notoriously vicious "El Azul," available now at parcast.com/kingpins
During the Korean War in the 1950s, Chinese-born linguist Larry Wu-Tai Chin was hired by the US State Department to translate prisoner of war interrogations. Larry would use his new position to embark on the longest career of espionage in U.S. history.Parcasters - Our new show Not Guilty covered the infamous Central Park Five trial this week! Check it out at parcast.com/notguilty
Traveling to America, he finds his loyalties pulled between his home country and their new ally. Once Alan Turing returns home in 1942, he must navigate the end of the war and learn to live in the society he saved from extinction.Sponsors!Daily Harvest - Go to Daily-Harvest.com and enter promo code SPY to get 3 cups FREE in your first box!Pair of Thieves - Get 20% off when you go to PairOfThieves.com/ESPIONAGE.
One of the most important figures in World War II wasn’t a military commander or a powerful statesman: he was a mathematician. From a secretive mansion 50 miles north of London, Alan Turing and his fellow cryptanalysts broke the codes that led the Allies to victory.Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/ESPIONAGE to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
Paris, 1943. World War II was in full swing, and triple-agent Henri Déricourt was right in the middle of it. His mission: secure an Allied victory before his carefully-spun web of lies comes unraveled.Parcasters - When it comes to transporting drugs, you can't do much better than a jetliner flying across international boundaries. Amado Carrillo Fuentes figured that out, earning his title as "Lord of the Skies" - learn his story on this week's episode of Kingpins at parcast.com/kingpins
In January 1943, a parachutist landed in a snowy field in Nazi-occupied France. At first glance, he was a wealthy Frenchman visiting an old friend in Paris. Below the surface, he was a spy for the British Special Operations Executive. Below that, his true goals were even more mysterious. Henri Dericourt was such a prolific liar, even he could barely keep track of his own loyalties.Parcasters - Check out our new show today! We cover the most intriguing exoneration and acquittal cases in Not Guilty, now available at parcast.com/notguilty
After Julius and Ethel sold atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union in 1945, American intelligence began a manhunt to find the traitors. As the FBI swarmed around them and their USSR contacts abandoned them, the Rosenberg’s made a critical mistake.Sponsors!Daily Harvest - Go to DAILY-HARVEST.com and enter promo code ESPIONAGE to get three cups FREE in your first box!
Starting in the early 1940s, Julius Rosenberg and his wife Ethel orchestrated a top-secret operation to steal atomic bomb secrets from right under the nose of the FBI. While living in New York City, they then sold those secrets to the Soviet Union and turned the tide of the Cold War in favor of communism.Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/ESPIONAGE to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
Invisible to most, or maybe merely overlooked, these people change the course of history--with no one the wiser. Every week, Parcasts Original Podcast Espionage covers a real-life spy mission: the stakes, the deception, the gadgets, and how it changed the course of history. Espionage premieres on April 12th, with new episodes everyFriday.