Thu, Jan 07 | Sailfish Club of Florida

RUSSIAN SPIES, LIES, AND ELECTIONS: The Pattern of Russian Interference

In this luncheon, KEITH MELTON will explain how Russian efforts in the U.S. have continued (and expanded) since 2010 to actively interfere with U.S. elections...
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RUSSIAN SPIES, LIES, AND ELECTIONS: The Pattern of Russian Interference

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Jan 07, 11:30 AM
Sailfish Club of Florida, 1338 N Lake Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480, USA

About the Event

The arrests of 10 Russian spies provided a chilling reminder that espionage on U.S. soil did not disappear when the Cold War ended. The highly publicized case also offers a rare glimpse into the sensitive world of counterintelligence and the FBI’s efforts to safeguard the nation from those who would steal our vital secrets. The Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) operatives—dubbed Operation Ghost Stories—went on for more than a decade. Their arrest marked the biggest counterintelligence success in US history.

This presentation features previously unseen surveillance footage and a breakdown on each of the ILLEGALS and their tradecraft, cover & legends, covert communications, and mission in the US. While the media portrayed the ten as "bumbling Russian spies", their arrest came after a decade long investigation and is considered one of the most important cases in the post-Cold War era. The glamorous, but often maligned Anna Chapman, would have, in the words of the senior FBI case agent, "become the most dangerous Russian spy in America within six months". 

Author Keith Melton is an intelligence historian and a specialist in clandestine technology and espionage tradecraft and one of the leading authorities on equipment and arms for clandestine warfare. He also is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. The presentation will explain how Russian efforts in the U.S. have continued (and expanded) since 2010 to actively interfere with U.S. elections...

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