Aaron speaks with Michael R. Davidson, 30 year veteran of the CIA, during the Cold War, and author of Incubus. [Editors mote, Michael was quick to point out a verbal misstep; Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, not 1962, and Nosenko defected in 1964 rather than 1963.]
Some interview highlights:
- I don't think theres a liaison service today that believes that the United States is capable of keeping a secret.
- It was our own administration that revealed the existence of seal team six and led directly to the deaths of seventeen members of Seal Team Six in a helicopter takedown in Afghanistan.
- When people start using intelligence information for political purposes we have big problems
- There is no doubt that once [Edward Snowden] set foot in Hong Kong, her was in the hands of the Chinese Intelligence Service.
Michael R. Davidson was raised in the Mid-West. Heeding President Kennedy's call for more young Americans to learn Russian he studied the language in college and later at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. Military service took him to the White House where he served as translator for the Moscow-Washington "Hotline." His language abilities attracted the attention of the Central Intelligence Agency, and following military service Mr. Davidson spent the next 28 years as a Clandestine Services officer. Seventeen of those years were spent abroad in a variety of sensitive posts working against the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact.
Mr. Davidson retired from government service in 1995 having achieved Senior Intelligence Service rank.
He thereafter founded two consulting companies and co-founded an industrial manufacturing company in Florida. His articles and op-ed pieces have been published in the American and French press. He currently lives with his wife, three dogs, and a cat in the Shenandoah Valley.
Mr. Davidson is a founding member of the Spymasters Literary Guild