Monday, 17 September 2007

Eye Spy Magazine.

Snapperjack photos published in leading intelligence & espionage magazine, Eye Spy Magazine.

Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine is the world’s only independent publication dedicated to espionage and intelligence. First published in May 2001, the title is now available in 36 countries and read by over 100,000 people worldwide.

Often described as the bridge between ‘officialdom’ and the public, Eye Spy is extremely popular with those who work in intelligence, security, defence and specialist wings of the armed forces. Indeed, it is subscribed to by hundreds of official intelligence agencies, government training academies, military forces and security colleges throughout the world. However, its non-political - visual editorial and easy-reading style ‘demystifies’ the intelligence subject, making it equally as popular with people from all walks of life - including the media. It is a constant provider of a certain type and quantity of information that is not found in any other publication. Readers are assured they will always find something of interest within its 84 full colour pages; whether it’s the inside story of a lengthy government surveillance operation, an interview with a CIA polygraph examiner, MI6’s role behind the assassination of Rasputin, or the tradecraft used by those who ply their trade in the world’s second oldest profession, Eye Spy has become somewhat of a “must have” publication. The title can be found in Barnes and Noble, W. H. Smith, Borders and all good newsagents or subscribed to via Eye Spy.

Reporting and Commentary

Eye Spy dissects, publishes and provides comment on a variety of news stories, espionage case files, tradecraft, technology etc. All the world’s major happenings related to intelligence and espionage are reported upon. That’s not to say we don’t take a step back in time to look at famous case files, spy tricks (tradecraft), important and defining moments, the history of the services, from their directors to crests and the figures synonymous with the “espionage wheel”. If it’s necessary to draw parallels with events from the past, special features accompany articles; failing that, our writers will point readers in the right direction for further reading. There is a certain ‘timelessness’ about espionage events: like America’s Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen, to the ‘gentry’ and shadowy Cambridge spy ring in the UK. Counterespionage agencies still use such classic case files to teach today’s students the secrets of espionage, dirty tricks and more importantly, the signs which can identify people betraying their country, or who are on the precipice of joining an enemy or adversary. It’s one reason why Eye Spy insists on retaining and improving its links with men and women who have spent decades in the ‘industry’, from photographic interpreters to training officers at some of the most secretive spy schools in the world. It helps us understand the often elaborate nature of a case file or event.

The public may learn of a breaking story via the television, radio, print press or Internet, but Eye Spy readers are content in the knowledge that they can view certain information that is simply not reported upon, or not fully understood by the media. Having an awareness of how the intelligence world works is a powerful tool for any individual. It’s not all ‘silver screen’, and ‘gadgetry’, though many real-life happenings could be drawn from the imagination of some of the world’s best scriptwriters. In recent times, the public has been intimate with major news stories that are typical of an industry that rarely hangs its dirty washing out in public. Take for example the bizarre death of former KGB officer Aleksander Litvinenko in London. Poisoned by Polonium-210 - a radioactive isotope used to help detonate nuclear bombs, Litvinenko’s death was part of a wider operation involving front companies, clandestine death lists, political and military manoeuvring etc. His assassination is most certainly connected to intelligence factions, industrial giants, the Russian mafia, and the settling of old scores. But all are ultimately connected to the intelligence world, proof if ever needed of the enormity and diversity of the subject.