March 24, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) — Mingle with famous spies at the 5th Raleigh Spy Conference beginning Wednesday evening March 26 through 12 noon Friday March 28 at the NC Museum of History. High level intelligence operatives and writers will address unsolved mysteries of the CIA, including previously secret stories of famous double agents, false defectors and the obsessive search for a “mole” burrowed at the very top of the American intelligence community.
The centerpiece of the conference is the appearance of Tennent “Pete” Bagley, the CIA officer whose recent book has set off a firefight in CIA over the defector Yuri Nosenko, who crossed over to the West with news about the assassination of JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald’s sojourn in the Soviet Union.
In a coup for the Raleigh Spy Conference, chief historian for CIA David Robarge will present new information about the shadowy figure of CIA counterintelligence chief James Jesus Angleton, whose paranoia that the Soviet mole SASHA had infiltrated the highest echelons of US spy agencies looms today.
Brian Kelley, the CIA officer that the FBI falsely accused of being the treacherous Robert Hanssen, will present the never before divulged saga of a double agent, the lives he touched, and a surprise ending with connections to Chapel Hill, NC.
Two respected journalists who have covered the role of intelligence will provide political dimension to the world of espionage: Jerry Schecter, former Moscow bureau chief for Time Magazine and the author of seminal books on the Cold War; and David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist and author of spy fiction respected by the intelligence community (his latest book is being made into a major motion picture, directed by Ridley Scott) will conclude the Raleigh conference with an overview of the role of intelligence in modern history.
Says conference founder Bernie Reeves, “This is the real thing. Attendees get to know the very top people who make the world work behind the scenes in the secret world of espionage. There is not other event like it in the world.”
A full conference schedule, biographies of the speakers and registration information is available at http://www.raleighspyconference.com or by calling Raleigh Metro Magazine at 919-831-0999.