Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda
October 2, 2009
Robert Wallace, former director of the CIA's Office of Technical Service, discusses his new book Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda on Thursday, October 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Spycraft tells the story of how advanced technology that would not appear in the public marketplace until decades later was often used to further the American intelligence-gathering cause. The book traces the development of spy gear from secret writing and bugging devices to subminiature cameras and covert internet communications.
Wallace will explain how American technology revolutionized the "spygame" and detail the early false starts and frustrations the Office of Technical Service overcame to achieve eventual technological breakthroughs and operations successes previously considered unthinkable in the world of espionage.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore. Call 816.701.3407 to RSVP.