The Big Case: On the Trail of the Mole on the CIA’s 7th Floor

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Bob Baer served 21 years in the Central Intelligence Agency at the Middle East and beyond, and was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal. After leaving the CIA Baer became one of the Company’s most stinging, trenchant critics. His book See No Evil was adapted by writer/director Steven Gaghan for the 2005 movie Syriana, wherein George Clooney depicted a character based on Baer, winning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar and Golden Globe.

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Ed Rampell was named after legendary CBS broadcaster Edward R. Murrow because of his TV exposes of Senator Joe McCarthy. Rampell majored in Cinema at Manhattan’s Hunter College and is an L.A.-based film historian/critic who co-organized the 2017 70th anniversary Blacklist remembrance at the Writers Guild theater in Beverly Hills and was a moderator at 2019’s “Blacklist Exiles in Mexico” filmfest and conference at the San Francisco Art Institute. Rampell co-presented “The Hollywood Ten at 75” film series at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and is the author of Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States and co-author of The Hawaii Movie and Television Book.    

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