There are a myriad of podcasts about crimes, mysteries and unbelievable stories, and obviously the CIA wants to participate.
The Central Intelligence Agency has just launched The Langley Filesan official podcast featuring agents past and present as well as “special guests” telling stories – well, those “they can” reveal – in an effort to “demystify” the mysterious agency.
“At the CIA, there are truths we can share and stories we can tell,” says a voiceover in a teaser recently uploaded to YouTube. “Stories of duty and dedication. Stories of ingenuity and mission. Stories beyond Hollywood scripts and shady whispers…”
According to the cast, “The mission of The Langley Files: A CIA Podcast is to educate and connect with the general public, share insight into the Agency’s core mission, capabilities and agility as an intelligence leader…and share interesting stories along the way !
The first guest is the director of the CIA bill burnswho, together with the hosts Dee and Walterattempts to “dispel some common misconceptions about the CIA”.
Burns does a good job right off the bat, explaining that he’s not Jason Bourne: “…I’m more comfortable driving our 2013 Subaru Outback with posted speed limits and that, for me at least, the pinnacle of technological audacity is when I can finally operate the Roku remote at home,” he says in the first episode.
There’s also a practical aspect to the agency’s decision to go – sort of – public: recruitment. Burns says the agency appeals to all kinds of people to make it work, and he hopes the podcast can help build diversity within the CIA’s ranks.
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