Gen. Michael Hayden To Be Keynote Speaker for 7th Raleigh Spy Conference

Gen. Michael Hayden

Former NSA and CIA director defended communications surveillance and intense interrogation to battle terrorism

April 19, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) — General Michael Hayden — the only person to serve as director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) —  is the keynote speaker for the 7th Raleigh Spy Conference August 24-26, 2011.

Hayden, at one time the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in the United States, oversaw NSA’s surveillance of technical communications between foreign and domestic terrorist groups during his tenure from 1999 to 2005, the longest stint of any previous director. While CIA Director from 2006 to 2009, he defended intense interrogation of terrorist suspects.

For the 2011 Raleigh Spy Conference, General Hayden will join speakers Michael Sulick, former director of CIA’s National Clandestine Service – and now a Raleigh-area resident; retired CIA officer Brian Kelley, the “wrong man” in the investigation of FBI traitor Robert Hanssen; British author and intelligence expert Nigel West; and retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police intelligence officer Dan Mulvenna.

The title for the 7th Raleigh Spy Conference is “Spies Among Us: The Secret World Of Espionage Illegals.”

Douglas Waller, author of the best-selling biography Wild Bill Donovan about the founder of the Office of Strategic Services – the World War 11 forerunner of the CIA — will anchor an Authors Roundtable during the conference. Other authors for the Roundtable will be announced later.

New to the conference this year: The Historical Collections Division of the Office of Information Services of the Central Intelligence Agency has selected the Raleigh Spy Conference to provide published works of recently declassified secret documents, ranging from the Korean War, the Warsaw Pact, Air America, martial law in Poland, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, and the papers of controversial CIA director Richard Helms. Officials from CIA’s Historical Division will be on hand in Raleigh to discuss their work and answer individual questions.

Magazine publisher Bernie Reeves founded the Raleigh Spy Conference in 2003 to provide a forum for intelligence experts to interpret for the general public the high volume of declassified information available since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Says Reeves: “No one knows anything until the real story is declassified. Today, history is being rewritten at a fast clip. Our job is to call on intelligence operatives and scholars to let us know the meaning of this historic flow of information that either confirms or alters our knowledge of events.”

Raleigh Metro Magazine will host the 2011 Raleigh Spy Conference at the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh.

The cost for attending the conference is $250 per person. Special discounts are available for veterans, members of the military and intelligence community ($175). Seniors over 62, teachers and students may attend for $145.

To register and to keep informed of updates – and to view the final schedule – visit or call 919-831-0999

About the Raleigh Spy Conference:

The Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) recognizes the Raleigh Spy Conference as the top intelligence conference specifically for the lay public in the United States. Three of the six conferences have been filmed and aired on C-SPAN. For more details on the history of the conference, go to

The Spies Are Coming To Raleigh

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 or by calling Raleigh Metro Magazine at 919-831-0999.


Defector’s Claims About JFK, Oswald Underlie Conference Theme

**The Nosenko case and the key unsolved mysteries of the CIA will hold center court at the 5th Raleigh Spy Conference March 26-28 at the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh.**bagley-pic.jpg

February 26, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) — Why would the KGB take pains to deny it had nothing to do with the assassination of John F. Kennedy, or that the Soviet spy agency had no contact with Lee Harvey Oswald when he lived in the USSR prior to the events in Dallas?

CIA officer Tennent “Pete” Bagley asked those questions of KGB defector Yuri Nosenko in Geneva in 1964 — less than two months after the assassination. James Angleton, the chief of counterintelligence for CIA, agreed with Bagley’s assessment: Nosenko was part of a deception and was not telling the whole truth. Thus ensued one the most controversial sagas in CIA history that continues today with the publication of a new book by Pete Bagley.

The 2008 Raleigh Spy Conference, an internationally acclaimed event that draws top experts in the field of intelligence to Raleigh each year, will feature Bagley and five other expert speakers under the title CIA’s Unsolved Mysteries: The Nosenko Defection, Double Agents and Angleton’s Wilderness of Mirrors. The final conference schedule is available at (click on “event info”).

According to Conference founder Bernie Reeves, editor and publisher of Raleigh Metro Magazine, “Many questions remain from the monumental battle between the Soviet Union and the United States when the wheel of history often turned to the will of agents of deception and moles burrowed inside intelligence and other government agencies. It was indeed a ‘wilderness of mirrors’ that continues today to cast a confused image of history.”

The Conference will open on Wednesday, March 26, at 6 p.m. with registration and a reception, followed by a surprise addition to the speaker line-up: Stanton Evans, author of the controversial new book Blacklisted By History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy And His Fight Against America’s Enemies.

David Robarge, chief historian for CIA, will start off Thursday morning at 9 a.m. discussing the environment at CIA created by the legendary James Jesus Angleton, CIA’s counterintelligence chief who turned the Agency inside out searching for a Soviet mole he thought had burrowed into the highest levels of the US intelligence community.

At 10:30 a.m., former CIA counterintelligence officer Brian Kelley will dramatize for the first time the true story of an American double agent targeted against the KGB. Drawing on newly declassified information, Kelley will trace the deceptions and mystery of the case – involving spy agencies, presidents and KGB sources — and conclude with a stunning surprise involving an American official.

At 1:30 p.m., special guest Pete Bagley will answer questions about his new book on the Nosenko defection and the controversy it has rekindled in intelligence circles. Feelings are running so strongly that Bagley’s scheduled talk in July at CIA about his book was abruptly canceled the evening before. Brian Kelley will join Bagley on stage as moderator.

At 3 p.m., former Time magazine Moscow bureau chief Jerrold Schecter — the author of seminal books on the Cold War — will discuss the political environment that produced the double agents, moles and deception operations that created the wilderness of mirrors that signified the Cold War confrontation of US and Soviet spy agencies.

From 4:15 to 5 p.m. authors at the Conference will hold a book signing. The day will conclude with a Conference Gala from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Amra’s in Raleigh’s Glenwood South district.

Friday, March 28, kicks off at 9 a.m. with a panel discussion featuring all speakers to field additional questions from the audience, introduce special guests, and discuss the findings and conclusions from the 5th Raleigh Spy Conference.

At 11 a.m., David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist and former Moscow bureau chief, will present the keynote address. Ignatius, an award-winning journalist and the author of espionage fiction applauded by the intelligence community, will present an overview of the era that created the wilderness of mirrors and the political and historical impact of Cold War espionage.

The Raleigh Spy Conference was founded “to bridge the gap between intelligence and current history,” according to Reeves. “The calculus of modern events is intelligence. We don’t really know what happened until someone declassifies something.”

Association of Intelligence Officers President Gene Poteat says of the Raleigh Conference: “In Washington, it’s difficult for the public to comprehend important intelligence and terrorism issues since everything is partisan and politically charged. Outside Washington, there are few voices for the public to hear, and those heard are often wrong or media-driven. Few are able to explain to the public what really has happened, and is happening, in intelligence, counterterrorism and national security — important issues, which, throughout history, have spelled the survival or loss of this or other nations.

“The annual Raleigh Spy Conference is a rare opportunity to hear it straight, with an unusual ‘insider’s’ perspective and knowledge. Each year this conference opens that door to share remarkable insights and stellar speakers with the public. If one claims a scintilla of world-affairs knowledge, it cannot be true unless the annual Raleigh Spy Conference is on your calendar.”

Tickets to the three-day event are $250 for the general public, $175 for seniors, and $145 for teachers, students and members of the military and intelligence community. Early registration is available by calling Jennifer Hadra at 919-831-0999. For complete information, including accommodations, go to

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