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A phone, bleeding in the water.

From 2009 to 2013 the communication channels the CIA uses to contact assets in foreign countries was compromised. This had terrifying consequences.

Guests this episodes are Jenna McLaughlin and Zach Dorfman.


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Darknet Diaries is created by Jack Rhysider.

Research assistance this episode from Yael Grauer.

Episode artwork by odibagas.

Sound design by Andrew Meriwether.

Audio cleanup by Proximity Sound.

Theme music created by Breakmaster Cylinder. Theme song available for listen and download at bandcamp. Or listen to it on Spotify.


Recording equipment used this episode was the Shure SM7B, a cloudlifter, Motu M2, Sony MDR7506 headphones, and Hindenburg audio editor.



JACK: You know about this guy Aldrich Ames? If you were watching the news in 1994, you’d certainly hear all about him.

TV HOST1: I’d like to say a word about the Ames espionage case and our broader interest regarding Russia.

TV HOST2: US-Russian relations were chilled early in the year when the CIA announced one of its top agents was spying for the Soviet Union and then Russia.

TV HOST3: The burning questions in Washington; how could it have taken so long, so long to arrest the highest-ranking CIA officer ever accused of selling out to the Russians? Aldrich Ames and his wife Maria are still, of course, the alleged spies, but there in no doubt in Washington tonight that this is an intelligent disaster.

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