The 2012 Raleigh Spy Conference addressed the need to correct and amplify public knowledge of key events of the recent past that remain pertinent today: John Fox, Historian of the FBI, reviewed the role of the Agency's founder and long-time director J. Edgar Hoover as the chief of US domestic security and clarified misrepresentations in the popular culture that he was a homosexual as dramatized in the film J Edgar.
Author and editor of Washington Decoded website Max Holland presented the newly available evidence that Mark Felt created the persona of Deep Throat to enlist reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post to advance his goal to become FBI Director after the death of J Edgar Hoover in 1972.
Albert Grajales of INTERPOL reviewed the history of modern terrorism and provided profiles of today's terrorist.
David Waltrop of CIA revealed the first live presentation of the declassification of the search and recovery of a film canister dropped from a US Hexagon satellite from 16,400 feet beneath the sea in 1971 one of America's most closely guarded secrets.
Keynote speaker Brian Latell, the well known expert on Cuba and Fidel Castro beginning with his role as Latin America chief for CIA, revealed Ã¢â‚¬“ via newly declassified information that 48 CIA/Cuban double agents continued to work for Castro while allegedly working for the US. Latell's new book Castro's Secrets, also exposes the revelation that Fidel Castro had foreknowledge of the assassination of John F Kennedy, making the Cuban leader complicit in the death of the US president.
Dan Mulvenna, former security officer of the RCMP, led a tribute to former CIA counterintelligence officer Brian Kelley, who conference founder Bernie Reeves says was co-founder of the event. Kelley's wife Trish McCarthy Kelley addressed the group and told the story of the humorous yet pivotal first meeting between Kelley and Reeves at the gala opening of the International Spy Museum in 2002.
CIA's Historical Collections Division was on hand to provide color booklets containing newly declassified data on key Cold War events, and Dr. Nicholas Gessler of Duke University displayed a selection of cipher machines used to send or decrypt secret messages.
Special guests included Michael Sulick, Director of CIA's National Clandestine Service from 2007 to 1010 and Cindy Web who recently stepped down as chief of counterintelligence of the CIA.
A DVD will be made available of the 8th Raleigh Spy Conference.
The Raleigh Spy Conference is held annually in Raleigh, NC, presented by Raleigh Metro Magazine and area sponsors. Go to www.raleighspyconference.com for summaries of past conferences, speaker biographies and information on upcoming events.