Before Edward Snowden's infamous data breach, the largest theft of government secrets was committed by an ingenious traitor whose intricate espionage scheme and complex system of coded messages were made even more baffling by his dyslexia. His name is Brian Regan, but he came to be known as the Spy Who Couldn't Spell.
In December of 2000, FBI special agent Steven Carr of the bureau's Washington, DC, office received a package from FBI New York: a series of coded letters from an anonymous sender to the Libyan consulate, offering to sell classified US intelligence. The offer, and the threat, were all too real. A self-proclaimed CIA analyst with top secret clearance had information about US reconnaissance satellites, air defense systems, weapons depots, munitions factories, and underground bunkers throughout the Middle East.
Rooting out the traitor would not be easy, but certain clues suggested a government agent with a military background, a family, and a dire need for money. Leading a diligent team of investigators and code breakers, Carr spent years hunting down a dangerous spy and his cache of stolen secrets.
In this fast-paced true-life spy thriller, Yudhijit Bhattacharjee reveals how the FBI unraveled Regan's strange web of codes to build a case against a man who nearly collapsed America's military security.
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By Simon Zohhadi on 06-12-16
The Dyslexic Syp !
Treachery is an evil crime which has serious and often incalculable consequences. In my country (UK), the Cambridge Five and others did it for political reasons; and foolishly, the political system they backed (communism) failed in the Soviet Union and is now almost extinct. Brian Regan attempted to betray his country (USA) by stealing and passing on top secret information, mainly of the satellite variety, to countries such as Libya and Iraq in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Even the Libyans did not trust him ! He also appeared to betray his country for possibly the worst possible reason: money. He was caught and sentenced to life imprisonment. Brian was dyslexic which adds an unusual angle to this true story.
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By Eugene on 09-11-16
Great Great Great Story Telling, What a Great Book!
Soon as I read an excerpt online about this book I marked my calendar with the book's release data. On the date it came out, November 1st, I ordered it on Audible and finished listening to it in 8 days. It's an amazing book. The story telling is suspenseful and I could not get enough of it. Get this book, you won't regret it! A+++++++
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By Chris on 08-11-16
Not a riveting thriller, but a fascinating story
Definitely an interesting story I was surprised to have never heard about. The tale of an awkward American spy who became the first ever to face the death penalty for espionage
Well worth the listen
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