Target USA Podcast by WTOP

Whether its terrorists, anarchists, cyber criminals or nation states, America has a target on its back. WTOP National Security Correspondent J.J. Green investigates the threats facing the U.S., the people behind them, the agencies fighting them and their impact on Americans. 860071


Target USA Podcast by WTOP

Target USA -- Episode 152: Valerie Plame, former CIA covert officer, discusses why Paul Whelan's arrest is so serious

On our last podcast episode, we talked with David Whelan about his brother Paul Whelan's detention in Russia on what many believe are bogus charges. The Russian government says he was caught in the act of committing espionage. But on this episode Valerie Plame, a former CIA covert operations officer, explains why Whelan is not likely a CIA spy and why Moscow probably framed him.
00:00:00 1/16/2019

Past Episodes

On Dec. 28, former U.S. Marine and citizen of the U.S. citizen Paul Whelan disappeared in Russia. Since then, his story has captivated the world. Three days later he turned up in a Russian prison, arrested for allegedly committing espionage. What was he doing there? What's the basis for the charges? Is he a "pawn" in a political tug of war between the U.S. and Russia? In an extensive interview, Target USA spoke with Whelan's twin brother David Whelan, and got answers to all those questions and many more. Some of the answers may surprise you, and after you listen there'll be no doubt about just how serious this situation is.
00:00:00 1/9/2019
Russian and Chinese espionage operations are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the international headaches the FBI has to deal with. The Washington Field Office of the FBI is in the eye of those storms and many others, from violent crime to terrorism and the opioid crisis. Nancy McNamara, assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office, sits down with Target USA for an extended look at the threats, challenges and actors it's facing.
00:00:00 1/2/2019
Russia's trolls, Kremlin linked assassinations, spies in the U.S., North Korea's missiles, the Skripal poisonings and the 25th anniversary of the World Trade Center bombing were all stories that dominated our coverage in 2018. And as we look back, we'll review those stories and others that made big headlines this year.
00:00:00 12/26/2018
Melvyn Levitsky is a retired State Department foreign service officer. He served, among other posts, as the U.S. ambassador to Bulgaria from 1984 to 1987, and as the political officer at the US Embassy in Moscow from 1972 to 1975. During those years he curated an astounding amount of intelligence about Soviet government oppression, corruption and other activities. Curiously, as Vladimir Putin's "regime" has been implicated in a blatant attempt to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and, again, in the 2018 midterm elections, Levitsky's historical knowledge provides a clever and perceptive blueprint for how to confront a new Cold War.
00:00:00 12/19/2018
Africa has a serious terrorism problem from the Islamic State group, al-Qaida, al-Shabab, Boko Haram and numerous other small groups that seek constantly to take advantage of the instability on the continent. The U.S. has for many years sought to help African nations develop their own capacities to better secure themselves. But longstanding problems reaching back to Africa's colonial era, when the land was carved up at the Berlin Conference in the late 1800s, and later corruption, foreign meddling, natural and human disasters has kept the continent, as a whole, in a constant state of instability. The U.S. military plays a major role in helping Africa help itself. Major Gen. Roger Cloutier, commanding general of U.S. Army Africa, joins us on this episode of Target USA, to bring some context to its mission.
00:00:00 12/12/2018
George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States, passed away on Nov., 30, 2018 at the age of 94. He lived a big life. He was a naval war hero, Congressman, UN Ambassador, Ambassador to China, director of the CIA, Vice President, President, global statesman and a very kind person. He accomplished a lot. His friends and family say he was smart, fearless and funny, but, perhaps, his greatest attribute was his compassion for others. On this episode, we look back at his life and at a very special state funeral.
00:00:00 12/5/2018
The Kremlin is believed to have as many as 75,000 informants in London alone. They are allegedly being handled by hundreds of Russian spies inside the United Kingdom. Dr. Andrew Foxhall breaks down the numbers in a new report from the Henry Jackson Society. In the U.S., Russia has been dramatically increasing its spy population, as well. Former CIA officer John Sipher paints a picture of the Kremlin's spy activity in Washington and beyond.
00:00:00 11/28/2018
Our series, Assassins Incorporated: The Kremlin's Secret Squad of Killers, featured four episodes about people who were murdered, were victims of attempted murders or were the family members of those targeted -- all incidents that were allegedly connected to the Kremlin. The objective was to take a closer look at what appeared to be network of people and organizations that were active in locations from central Asia to Washington and many major cities in between and beyond. In this final segment of the series, we discuss the burning question -- would the Kremlin order the killing of Americans in the U.S.?
00:00:00 11/21/2018
Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko spoke out against the Kremlin and, like many others, was marked for death. But he managed to elude and expose those who sought to kill him. He faked his own death. In this episode, an exclusive interview, he details how it all happened, moment by moment.
00:00:00 11/14/2018
In 2016, Mike Flynn burst on the national stage with his famous "lock her up" comments at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, in reference to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. He eventually became President Donald Trump's national security adviser but was fired 24 days into the job after suspicions about his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other Russians came to light. Target USA digs deeper into who Flynn is, partly through a never-before broadcast interview from 2015 that sheds some light on his military career and his views on Russia.
00:00:00 11/13/2018

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