Pen and Sword: The Spy Who Couldn't Spell


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Feb 21 2020 19 mins   116

In this episode of the Stratfor Pen and Sword Podcast, Stratfor Chief Security Officer and host, Fred Burton, speaks with Yudhijit Bhattacharje, author of The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell: A DYSLEXIC TRAITOR, AN UNBREAKABLE CODE, AND THE FBI’S HUNT FOR AMERICA’S STOLEN SECRETS.

Bhattacharje discovered the details on a reporting trip to the FBI Lab, where he met a cryptanalyst who shared the details of the unusual spy case. The "thrilling, true-life account of the FBI’s hunt for the ingenious traitor Brian Regan" began just before 9/11/2001, so his story was largely untold until Bhattacharje's book. The author tells Regan's tale - that of a disgruntled employee, a series of brilliant yet bungled attempts to betray his country and a diligent effort to uncover his villainy - in a way that reveals not just Regan's psychology but the pernicious world of espionage at the turn of the 21st century.