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The spy who couldn't spell : a dyslexic traitor, an unbreakable code, and the FBI's hunt for America's stolen secrets / Yudhijit Bhattacharjee.

Author/Creator:
Bhattacharjee, Yudhijit, author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York, NY : New American Library, 2016.
Format/Description:
Book
292 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects:
Regan, Brian, 1962-.
United States. National Reconnaissance Office.
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Spies -- United States -- Biography.
Espionage, American -- History -- 21st century.
Dyslexics -- United States -- Biography.
Intelligence service -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Form/Genre:
Biographies.
True crime stories.
Summary:
"The thrilling, true-life account of the FBI's hunt for the ingenious traitor Brian Regan--known as The Spy Who Couldn't Spell. 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, D.C., 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 United States intelligence. The offer, and the threat, were all too real. A self-proclaimed CIA analyst with top secret clearance had information about U.S. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
"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 2000,] FBI special agent Steven Carr of the bureau's Washington, D.C, office received a package from FBI New York: a series of coded letters offering to sell classified United States intelligence from an anonymous sender to the Libyan consulate. 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. Routing 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
The tip
Traitor unmasked
The roots of dysfunction
A desperate plan
Spy hunt
Nabbed
Decipher this
A convoluted cover-up
The search for buried secrets
Mr. Eighty Percent.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Charles H. Maxson Fund.
Contributor:
Charles H. Maxson Fund.
Other format:
Online version: Bhattacharjee, Yudhijit, author. Spy who couldn't spell
ISBN:
9781592409006 (hardback)
1592409008 (hardback)
OCLC:
950519378
Publisher Number:
99973633462
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