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[BOOK REVIEW] State Department Counterintelligence: Leaks, Spies, and Lies

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State Department Counterintelligence: Leaks, Spies, and Lies Book Cover State Department Counterintelligence: Leaks, Spies, and Lies
Robert David Booth
Political Science, Intelligence, Espionage
Brown Books Publishing Group
December 4, 2014

State Department Counterintelligence reveals an insider’s account of leaks, spies, and lies and the bureaucratic machinations that accompany them and adversely affect national security. Robert Booth tells the story of his pivotal role in three multiple year counterespionage and numerous unauthorized disclosure investigations including Fidel Castro’s most damaging US citizen spy. “He operated undetected and with impunity for decades before we discovered him. We had been hunting him for years. And now he was about to escape.” With the narrative style of a thriller, Booth lures readers into the real world of counterintelligence.

State Department Counterintelligence: Leaks, Spies, and Lies (Nonfiction Book Review)

State Department Counterintelligence was written by Robert David Booth who worked for the little known but critically important agency called the Diplomatic Security Service.

Editorial Reviews


”From a spy hunter who knows that there are no friendly intelligence services, a revealing work that delves into the dangerous and dirty world of spies.” –Fred Burton, New York Times best-selling author, former State Department Diplomatic Security, Special Agent

State Department Counterintelligence is a one-of-a-kind book detailing in a highly entertaining and informative way the inside story of the struggle to identify and deal with betrayers within the State Department. –David G. Major, Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent Founder, Centre for CI and Security Studies.

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From the Inside Flap

In 1999, a Russian listening device was discovered inside a conference room on the same floor as the Secretary of State’s office. For months, the SVR listened in on classified information being discussed among US government officials. Who installed the device? How was the feat accomplished? In the dangerous counterintelligence world of espionage, Robert Booth translates his experience and his insider’s knowledge into a nonfiction thriller that should disturb every reader. “When a friend of yours turns out to be one of the country’s few international spies, that really wakes you up to the reality of counterintelligence matters. What’s the worst sin at the bottom of Dante’s Inferno? Those who betray a trust.”

About the Author

Robert Booth served as a Special Agent with the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security from 1974 to 2002. His overseas assignments included Beijing, Geneva, Tokyo, Haiti, and Paris. He was Deputy Director, Office of Counterintelligence from 1996 to 2002 and a consultant for the Office of Counterintelligence from 2003 to 2012. His numerous meritorious service awards include a nomination for the FBI Director’s Group Award and a State Department Group Superior Honor Group Award for his role in the Kendall Myers spy case. Born in Johnson City, Tennessee, he is married and has one daughter. He holds a BA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Training Specialist Certificate from Georgetown University. He was a professor with the CI Centre in Washington, DC, from 2003 to 2012. He currently resides in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he is a guest speaker and audits courses at Dartmouth College.

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