‘I Spied’, podcast revealing secrets of Australia’s intelligence agency, launches

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It’s time for everyone to know that Australia’s spying industry is nothing like the glitz and glamour portrayed in film franchise James Bond, according to a new podcast.

It’s titled I Spied and is hosted by journalist and Nova’s national news director, Michelle Stephenson, alongside ‘Agent Frosty’ – that is, David Callan, a former ASIO intelligence officer.

I Spied will reveal the “humdrum reality” of Australia’s intelligence operation at a time when the very meaning of ‘truth’ is being questioned, the podcast promises.

It’s created by Diamantina Media – which is also behind The Betoota Advocate’s podcast as well Chat 10 Looks 3 from Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb – for NOVA Entertainment.

“The I Spied podcast takes a look at the dark underbelly of the intelligence world and gives its love-handles a damn good shake,” promotional material for the podcast said. “If you think you’re being watched and want to know who is doing the watching, subscribe now.”

The Chaser echoed these sentiments in their endorsement of the podcast.

“Bloody funny. Callan really knows his stuff. He knows your stuff too, but then he did work for ASIO,” the group said.

Indeed David Irvine, the former director general of ASIO, is quoted as endorsing the podcast, apparently saying: “In the nine months I have been in the job, I Spied’s revelations of how ASIO really works is without a doubt the most helpful briefing yet.”

An episode outline is below.

Ep 1: Armenian Dynamite – Released Monday 14th September
How a chance glance a photo revealed a high school mate just might have been a terrorist
bomb maker

Ep 2: The Full Minsky
Following Russians was all part of the job, but watching one perform in a live sex show was
something else entirely

Ep 3: What does my file Say?
What information does ASIO have on me?

Ep 4: Hot Tub Spy Machine
How David wound up in the CIA Station Chief’s spa tub with two Marines and his secretary

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