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Brian Regan, 2001 (FBI)
The best operatives never get caught—but some spies and insurgents did. They were people who had big plans, but were stopped in their tracks: caught in the act…rolled up…shut down…and even terminated.
A fascinating 4-part series shares the stories of notable arrests, captures, executions, and expulsions from the 1960s through today. Explore ingenuous entrapments and false-flag operations with the people who developed and used them, as well as experts familiar with these maneuvers. Discover how far-reaching some operations are and the lengths both the good guys and the bad will go to outwit their adversaries.
The Corn Caper
On September 30, 2012, some very valuable trade secrets were about to be smuggled out of the United States. Li Shaoming, president of a large Chinese agricultural company, and Ye Jian, his company’s crop-research manager, were preparing to board a flight to Beijing from O’Hare airport. It was business as usual until customs agents stopped them at the gate. The FBI had urgently requested their luggage be pulled and that they be searched. Join Randall C. Thysse, special agent in charge of the FBI Omaha Field Division, for an exploration of a how a report from a cornfield manager triggered a high-stakes economic espionage case.
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International Spy Museum
800 F St NW, Washington, DC
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown