"The Spy Who Couldn't Spell:" Author Bhattacharjee's True Tale of A Hapless American Traitor | WYPR

"The Spy Who Couldn't Spell:" Author Bhattacharjee's True Tale of A Hapless American Traitor

Nov 17, 2016

Author Yudhijit Bhattacharjee
Credit Photo courtesy Yudhijit Bhattacharjee

Before Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning earned notoriety for their theft of US government secrets, there was Brian Patrick Regan.  This hour,  guest host Nathan Sterner delves into the bizarre story of this little-known American spy.  In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Regan used his position in a US intelligence agency to steal huge amounts of secret government data, and tried to sell it off to foreign governments.

He was brought down, in part, because of his dyslexia.

A new book on the case is called “The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell: A Dyslexic Traitor, an Unbreakable Code, and the FBI's Hunt for America's Stolen Secrets.” Nathan talks with author Yudhijit Bhattacharjee in the first part of the hour.