Michael Best

Counterintelligence Analyst

From an early age, Michael Best was fascinated with the world of spycraft. His love affair with matters of espionage began with the stories of his grandfather's time in the OSS, the World War Two precursor to the modern day CIA. This fascination continued into his teens, when he began reading spy novels and comic books and looked into every conspiracy theory from Area 51 to Watergate. The investigations into things like the JFK assassination and the Iran-Contra scandal provided an in-depth look into the world of intelligence and the tradecraft used by professionals.

What was a hobby slowly grew into a serious study when he began to examine the history of the KGB and the other members of the Chekist legacy. The history of the spy wars of the KGB revealed the history of an agency that was not beholden to an ideology but to power and survival. The Chekist agencies had survived the rise and fall of governments and attempts at reform. As a whole, the KGB was heartless and not above supporting terrorists and drug lords, often directly, and ordering assassinations against religious and political figures that opposed the Soviet Union's (and by extension the KGB's) interests.

The history of the KGB made it clear that the agency had survived the fall of the Soviet Union under the guidance of Vladimir Putin, the then future President and Prime Minister of Russia. When investigations revealed that Usama Bin Laden had used software provided by the KGB/FSB backed Russian mafia to aid him in his terrorist endeavors, it became obvious that the so-called Cold War had simply become even more covert. With this understanding came a sense of duty, and Michael began his official counterintelligence training.

As of September 15, 2017, Michael's 14 articles like "Агент 007 и Агент 666" have totaled 1.9M views and shares.

Michael's 14 most recent articles:

SEP 03 2015
Wise Alf
Entertainment

Агент 007 и Агент 666

Енох: язык ангелов и шпионов

AUG 16 2015
Wise Alf
Entertainment

Шпион за спиной Джеймса Бонда

Как один человек создал 007 и современный шпионский мир

JUN 23 2015
AND Magazine
Popular Espionage

Agent 007 and Agent 666

Enoch: the language of angels and spies.
"Centuries before James Bond, John Dee advised the Queen in letters he signed as "007.""

MAY 25 2015
AND Magazine
Popular Espionage

Conspiracy of Opportunity

How the United States undermined itself
"As a result, faith in the American government was carefully and extensively undermined."

MAY 17 2015
AND Magazine
Popular Espionage

Yuri Nosenko

The false defector who changed history
"DCI Helms called the Nosenko matter the most frustrating of any single espionage case."

APR 20 2015
AND Magazine
Popular Espionage

Computer-free Crypto

How to build unbreakable encryption without a computer.
"Not only does this conceal the real message, it can simultaneously deliver false messages."

MAR 25 2015
AND Magazine
Popular Espionage

The Folly of Polygraphy

How polygraphs are killing good stories and stopping good spies.
"Richard Nixon: "I don't know anything about polygraphs, and I don't know how accurate they are...""

FEB 25 2015
AND Magazine
Popular Espionage

The CIA's Nazi Spy Chief

The rise and fall of ZIPPER, the real world HYDRA.
"ZIPPER, the real world HYDRA, tried to grow it's "beautiful parasite" in post-Nazi Germany."

FEB 12 2015
AND Magazine
Popular Espionage

The Spy Behind James Bond

How one man crafted the story of 007 and the modern spy world.
"Few people are aware of the role that Ian Fleming played in World War II and in creating the CIA."

JAN 27 2015
AND Magazine
Popular Espionage

Building the Blacklist

Reverse engineering criminal counterintelligence empire
"The so-called "concierge of crime" is actually a puppet master who pulls strings on a global level."

JAN 19 2015
AND Magazine
Popular Espionage

Spycraft and Safe-cracking

How spy agencies and Marvel's Agent Carter crack safes
"How realistic is Agent Carter's safe-cracking device? Answer: More than you might imagine."

JUL 23 2014
AND Magazine
Columns

Trusting Dr. Strangelove

Or how I learned to stop worrying and trust the bomb
"Ultimately, trust is created by vulnerability."

MAR 22 2014
AND Magazine
The Independent

The Snowden Operation

How Snowden Enabled Russia's Seizure of Crimea
"Greenwald and Snowden aren't merely silent about Crimea, they helped Russia seize it."

MAR 17 2014
AND Magazine
Columns

The Myth of the Short War

Wars are rarely short and never simple.
"Wars are rarely short, never simple, and go far beyond bullets and bombs."