From a hidden enclave in the maze of Tehran, an Iranian scientist who calls himself "Dr. Ali" sends an encrypted message to the CIA. It falls to Harry Pappas to decide if it's for real.
Dr. Ali sends more secrets of the Iranian bomb program to the agency, then panics. He's being followed, but he doesn't know who's onto him, and neither does Pappas. The White House is no help---they're looking for a pretext to attack Tehran. To get his agent out, Pappas turns to a secret British spy team known as "The Increment".
"A Real Thriller"
Roger Ferris is one of the CIA's soldiers in the war on terrorism. He has come out of Iraq with a shattered leg and an intense mission: to penetrate the network of a master terrorist known only as "Suleiman". Ferris' plan for getting inside Suleiman's tent is inspired by a masterpiece of British intelligence during World War II: he prepares a body of lies, literally the corpse of an imaginary CIA officer who appears to have accomplished the impossible by recruiting an agent within the enemy's ranks.
"Body of Lies"
In David Ignatius' gripping new novel, spies don' t bother to steal information...they change it, permanently and invisibly. Graham Weber has been director of the CIA for less than a week when a Swiss kid in a dirty T-shirt walks into the American consulate in Hamburg and says the agency has been hacked, and he has a list of agents' names to prove it. This is the moment a CIA director most dreads. Weber isn' t sure where to turn until he meets a charismatic (and unstable) young man named James Morris who runs the Internet Operations Center.
Deep within Pakistan’s borders, a secret CIA team is being systematically dismantled by a cunning enemy. Soon, Sophie Marx, a young, ambitious agent, is on the ground searching for answers. But as she gets closer to the truth, she suffers a devastating betrayal and must risk more than her life to save the world from a terrifying fate.
Suspenseful, compelling, and utterly believable, The Bank of Fear is unparalleled spy fiction in the best tradition of Graham Greene and John le Carré—a twisting tale of the ruthless greed and money laundering behind today’s headlines.
"Overlong but good suspense"
President Trump’s visit to the CIA on his first day in office shocked some agency veterans because of its combative, political tone. But several said they were glad that Trump seemed to have stopped demonizing the intelligence community and was presenting himself as its best friend.
"CIA Officers Give Mixed Reviews of Trump’s Strange Visit" is from the January 22, 2017 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Ignatius and narrated by Sam Scholl.
What a moment for President Obama to deliver his valedictory address to the United Nations on Tuesday — defending the liberal international order at a time when it’s under severe stress around the world.
Tonight on the program, a discussion about the campaign to retake Mosul from ISIS. Charlie is joined by David Ignatius of The Washington Post and Eric Schmitt of The New York Times.
We continue with Nancy Pelosi, minority leader of the House of Representatives.
We conclude with Issa Rae, co-creator and star of HBO's "Insecure."
"Why Is Israel so Cautious on the Islamic State a Recent War Game Explains Why" is from the Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Ignatius and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"The Costly Blunders of Saudi Arabia's Anxiety-Ridden Monarchy" is from the Ideas and Controversy section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Ignatius and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"The Big Hole in Obama's Islamic State Strategy" is from the December 7, 2015 Ideas and Controversy section of The Washinton Post>. It was written by David Ignatius and narrated by Sam Scholl.
We may be missing the forest for the trees in the Russia story: The Kremlin’s attempt to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is part of a much bigger tale of Russian covert action — in which Donald Trump’s campaign was perhaps a tool, witting or unwitting. This secret manipulation, if unchecked, could pose an “existential threat” to Western democracy, argues Gérard Araud, France’s ambassador to Washington.
Whoever wins Tuesday’s presidential election will face an assertive, aggrieved Russia whose risk-taking behavior under President Vladimir Putin is increasingly worrisome to U.S. experts.
Making predictions three weeks before the U.S. election is risky, but the likeliest bet right now is that the center will hold in American politics and Hillary Clinton will be elected president.
Contemplating Russian nuclear threats during the Cold War, the strategist Herman Kahn calibrated a macabre ladder of escalation, with 44 rungs ranging from “Ostensible Crisis” to “Spasm or Insensate War.”
"The U.S.'s Syria Policy Rests on a Treacherous Fault Line" is from the August 30, 2016 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Ignatius and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"The Brave New World of Robots and Lost Jobs" is from the August 11, 2016 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Ignatius and narrated by Jill Melancon.
"America May Be Doomed to Cooperate with Putin" is from the Ideas and Controversy section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Ignatius and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"A Strengthened IMF Benefits the U.S. And the World" is from the Ideas and Controversy section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Ignatius and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"In Fighting the Islamic State, Obama Is a Tortoise and the GOP Is Harebrained" is from the Ideas and Controversy section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Ignatius and narrated by Sam Scholl.