February 24, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) — Former CIA officer Brian J. Kelley will relate the drama of notorious traitors — male and female — including videotaped prison cell interviews during the 6th Raleigh Spy Conference (www.raleighspyconference.com) to be held March 25-27 at the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh.
Kelley, who was identified in 2003 as the “wrong man” in the Robert Hanssen investigation, will also discuss the Felix Bloch case in his session scheduled for Thursday, March 26, from 3 pm – 4:15 during the 2-day conference.
The theme of this year’s event is “Sexspionage: Famous Women Spies and the Ancient Art of Seduction.”
Kelley retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in 2007 following a 42-year career, which included 20 years as a United States Air Force officer. Kelley was a specialist in counterintelligence, serving as a case officer for both organizations involved in double agent operations and counterespionage investigations.
Kelley had five overseas tours as a case officer, serving in various locales in the Far East, Middle East, South America and Europe. He has received the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal; Intelligence Achievement Medal; Commendation Medal and the “Collector of the Year” presented to him by the Director of CIA.
Other speakers for this year’s conference include Ron Olive, the special agent who served on team that captured Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard; IC Smith, former FBI special agent who worked to capture Chinese female spy Katrina Leung; British espionage writer and researcher Terry Crowdy, Cold War journalist Jerrold Schecter and his wife Leona; and keynote speaker Nigel West, former Member of Parliament and author of the forthcoming “Historical Dictionary of Sexspionage.”
The Raleigh Spy Conference is hosted by Bernie Reeves, editor and publisher of Raleigh Metro Magazine. Sponsors include Rosemary and Smedes York and Florence and Charles Winston. This year the conference is presented in association with NC State University’s Department of Political Science, Andrew Taylor, Chairman.
For more information, including registration, ticket prices, a complete list of speakers, sessions schedule and local accommodations, go to http://www.raleighspyconference.com.