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Frank Snepp        

CIA Whistleblower & Peabody Award-Winning Journalist

Frank Snepp, a graduate of Columbia’s School of Internal Affairs, is a former, highly decorated CIA agent whose best-seller about his experiences in Vietnam, “Decent Interval,” triggered a landmark First Amendment/national security decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. His second book, “Irreparable Harm,” details those experiences. He was part of the four-person team for ABC News World News Tonight that broke the Iran Contra scandal and served as a national security consultant to the Manuel Noriega defense team. In his first year as staff investigative producer for NBC4, he reported, produced and wrote an expose about dangerous local methane issues, which won a Peabody Award, the highest award in broadcast journalism.

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How Hollywood Gets Spies Wrong -- and Right

Based of Frank Snepp’s experiences as a former top CIA analyst in Vietnam, who has written for and consulted with Hollywood headliners, including the late Marlon Brando, who let spy-noia hijack his imagination.

Getting Reluctant Truth Tellers to Talk: Advice from an Ex-CIA Agent

Based on Frank Snepp's perspective as the CIA’s senior intelligence analyst in Vietnam, fortified by his experience interrogating the highest-ranking enemy prisoner ever captured, and ferreting out the truth as an award-winning investigative journalist -- with foot notes about how Hollywood gets spies wrong.

Surviving Defeat in War, Espionage and Life

How to pick yourself up and go on -- based on Frank’s Snepp experience as a top CIA analyst who lived through the fall of Saigon, then suffered a shattering loss in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court battle over free speech that left him penniless, gagged for life and under suspicion of having “irreparably harmed” the nation’s security, counterbalanced by the restorative effects of his choice to keep on fighting the good fight for truth and the underdog as a crusading journalist.

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