Britain’s spooks are world-renowned. Yet it’s not the secret agents of popular imagination who keep us ahead of the game; it’s the intelligence analysts – normal people working in scruffy offices – who piece together the information and act on it. What does it take to think clearly in the face of disinformation, and sort fact from fiction? Using revealing examples from a fascinating career, David Omand (How Spies Think: Ten Lessons in Intelligence) – formerly director of GCHQ, Permanent Secretary of the Home Office and member of the Joint Intelligence Committee – talks to renowned writer of spy fiction Charles Cumming (Judas 62) about how to think analytically and survive the perils of our digital age.

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How Spies Think: Ten Lessons in Intelligence Judas 62


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