Spooks, Spies & Saboteurs: Clandestine Organizations and Betrayal in Washington DC

Washington, D.C.

  • Mugshots of the eight Nazi saboteurs.
  • Air America helicopter in Laos.  Photo: Air America Association.
  • An Air America airplane on the tarmac.
  • Nazi saboteur George Dash.
  • 1970 photo of J. Edgar Hoover and Associate Director Clyde Tolson reviewing the lunch menu at the Mayflower.
  • Ames on the cover of Time Magazine (March 7, 1994) after his arrest.
  • Aldrich Ames in handcuffs.  Photo: Luke Frazza/AFP/Getty Images
  • Oliver North's mug shot when he was arrested.
  • The July 20, 1987 cover of Time Magazine.
  • Czech spies Karl and Hana Kocher.
  • Ralph Van Deman, "The Father of American Military Intelligence"
  • The Old Executive Office Building

1 hour and 15 minutes
2.0 mi
Guided by Jason

Ciphers and dead drops, double agents and black ops. Since its founding, Washington DC has served as a city of secrets and spies. Among DC's embassies, agency headquarters and meeting spots, are stories of espionage and betrayal. Join us on a walk just steps from the White House to discover a clandestine shell company operated by the CIA, the Soviet spy headquarters and the home of the nation's modern-day spycraft. Along the way, we'll introduce the heroes, traitors, seducers and saboteurs that fuel the city's intrigue.

About Your Guide
I am all about exploring local history, architecture, food and art to learn about how places came to be. You can find me in search of hidden places, the best dim sum, secret speakeasies, skyline vistas and other ingredients to build the perfect day.

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Guide Points
  1. Air America Headquarters
  2. Mayflower Hotel
  3. The Former Soviet Embassy
  4. Off the Record @ the Hay-Adams Hotel
  5. Exchange Saloon
  6. Van Deman Offices

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