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Foreign Office with Michael Weiss

Foreign Office with Michael Weiss

By Free Russia Foundation
Foreign Office is a weekly interview podcast hosted by Michael Weiss and dedicated to those ever-relevant subjects of Russian intelligence operations and active measures. Featured guests include prominent historians and scholars, journalists, diplomats, and ex-spies.
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Foreign Office #6. Thumping Out Sandworm

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Foreign Office #8. Unfrozen Conflict
Award-winning journalist Simon Ostrovsky reports from Nagorno-Karabakh
27:14
December 1, 2020
Foreign Office #7. The View from Europe
As Joe Biden crept to victory, Estonia's former President Toomas Henrik Ilves explained how much of Europe saw this election -- and what it expects and (doesn't expect) from America going forward
44:53
November 11, 2020
Foreign Office #6. Thumping Out Sandworm
FireEye's John Hultquist explains the U.S. government's newly unsealed indictment about the GRU's devastating hacking operations.
31:36
October 26, 2020
Foreign Office #5. CIA v KGB: How American and Russian political warfare differs -- and how it doesn't
Tim Weiner, the acclaimed historian of the CIA, discusses his new book on American-Russian political warfare, from the Cold War till now.
21:27
October 19, 2020
Foreign Office #4. Second Time As Farce: How a Russian-Backed Operation in Ukraine to Sway the 2020 U.S. Election Came Undone
Time magazine's Simon Shuster discusses the ongoing Kremlin disinformation campaign involving individuals sanctioned by the U.S. Government
27:10
October 12, 2020
Foreign Office #3. Double Trouble: Who and What Poisoned Vladimir Kara-Murza?
In this episode, Vladimir Kara-Murza, vice president of Free Russia Foundation, recounts his own poisoning (twice) while traveling in Russia and what the FBI will has and hasn't told him about what it knows.
26:15
October 1, 2020
Foreign Office #2. Russia's history of poisonings
Russian journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan discuss Russia's history of poisonings in light of the Navalny case and why the use of a signature toxin such as Novichok implicates Vladimir Putin.
29:24
September 28, 2020
Foreign Office #1. How Austria became Europe’s spy capital
In our pilot episode, Michael interviews Anton Shekhovtsov, an expert on the European far-right and the Russian government's ties to it. They discuss their  jointly written essay for The Daily Beast, drawn from a still-classified KGB training manual, about the false-flag recruitment of an adviser to the Austrian chancellery in the late 1950s and early 1960s by a particularly resourceful Soviet double agent "Safo." Also, the stunning revelations about a Wirecard executive, Austria's first expulsion of a Russian intelligence officer, and why Vienna has the well-earned reputation of being the spy capital of Europe.
22:24
September 21, 2020