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Inside The Mind Of A Spy Hunter

Former Special Agent Robert Booth will discuss State Department espionage cases at Texas A&M.
By Lauren Zajicek, The Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs March 13, 2019

Aerial view of the Bush campus.
Aerial view of the George H.W. Bush campus.

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On Monday, March 25, former Special Agent Robert Booth will discuss counterintelligence and counterespionage at the Presidential Orientation Theater in the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on Texas A&M University’s campus.

This event, hosted by the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, is free and open to the public. Event details and registration information is available at

Booth, a former “spy hunter,” will discuss the meaning of counterintelligence and counterespionage, including economic espionage versus military and diplomatic espionage. He will also assess the threats spies pose to our national security from the State Department’s perspective. The talk is based on his own experiences from two State Department espionage cases involving Felix Bloch and Kendall Myers and their impact on U.S. national security.

Booth is the former Deputy Director of the State Department’s Office of Counterintelligence. For 28 years, he worked in the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security and in the Office of Counterintelligence as a special agent.

Booth also authored State Department Counterintelligence: Leaks, Spies, and Lies, in which he wrote about his experiences as an insider in three counterespionage cases and numerous unauthorized disclosure investigations. One experience involves a U. S. citizen serving as a spy for Fidel Castro.

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Media contact: Lauren Zajicek, The Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs Administrative Coordinator, 979-845-6510,

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