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Secret Wars: An Espionage Story

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Secret Wars: An Espionage Story


The Team House
Aug 7, 2020
Joe Goldberg is a former CIA officer who specialized in disinformation and propaganda operations. In this episode we talk about his recruitment into the CIA, a massive deception operation he ran against Libya by producing a fake video, CIA anti-communist campaigns, then going to work in corporate intelligence with Motorola.
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June 29, 2019
Joe Goldberg, former CIA agent joins the program for a great conversation about his time working in the CIA. Joe talks about starting off as a “video librarian” in the 80’s, how he gathered open sourced information before the internet took off, how the 24 hour news cycle has changed the world we live in today. He explains how his job was to create messages to tell the truth in their own way, how they managed to attract viewers to their messages, using music to help spread awareness, how they tried to prevent blowback against America when creating these videos, his thoughts on the 2016 election regarding Russia’s involvement, the naivety of the American public in regards to influence outside of America, and how to create a headline that “sticks.” Joe also shares why he decided to write historical fiction novels. Be sure to read Joe’s novels wherever books are sold.


Chicago’s Daily Herald
February, 2015
“The realism in Wheaton author’s ‘Secret Wars’ is no accident – Joe Goldberg says it’s based on his experiences as a CIA agent.”
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December, 2014
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WCF Courier
December, 2014
Waterloo native, former CIA employee, taps experience in new book…
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