Venice's Secret Service - the world's earliest centrally organised state intelligence service with Ioanna Iordanou

20/10/2020

Venice's Secret Service - the world's earliest centrally organised state intelligence service with Ioanna Iordanou


Venice's 'Secret Service' played a pivotal role in the defence of the Venetian empire.  The Council of Ten were Venice's spy chiefs, running intelligence and covert operations, deploying analysis, cryptographer and steganography, cryptanalysis, and even developing lethal substances.  Ioanna Iordanou's acclaimed history Venice's Secret Service draws on archival documents in Venice, Rome, Simancas and London.

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