Declassified (TV series)

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Also known as Declassified: Untold Stories Of American Spies
Genre Documentary
Created by Aaron Saidman
Directed by Domini Hofmann
Starring Mike Rogers
Opening theme The Hit House
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 16 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Domini Hofmann, Greg Lipstone
Producer(s) Pete Ritchie, Cristina Bishai, Dana Boratenski, Shannon McCarty, Brian Nagahashi
Cinematography Anne Etheridge, Matthew R. Blute
Camera setup Single Camera
Running time 40–44 minutes
Production company(s) All3 Media America
Original network CNN
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Audio format Stereo
First shown in The United States
Original release June 19, 2016 (2016-06-19) – present (present)
External links
2016 logo

Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies is a documentary series that details important cases, missions and operations of the American intelligence community, told firsthand by the men and women who worked them.[1]

Producers collaborate with prominent intelligence, military and government agencies such as CIA, FBI, NSA, DIA, DOD, Homeland Security, The State Department, et al., to tell their stories in a non-political, objective way that spotlights the perspective of people that do the work.

The series debuted on CNN on June 19, 2016.[2] Season 2 premiered on July 22, 2017.[3][4][5] Season 3 is currently in production.


Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
18June 19, 2016 (2016-06-19)September 4, 2016 (2016-09-04)
28July 22, 2017 (2017-07-22)September 23, 2017 (2017-09-23)

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

No. in
No. in
Title Subject Original air date
11"Trigon: The KGB Chess Game[6]"Aleksandr Dmitrievich OgorodnikJune 19, 2016 (2016-06-19)
22"The Hunt for Saddam"Saddam HusseinJune 26, 2016 (2016-06-26)
33"Zarqawi: The father of ISIS"Abu Musab al-ZarqawiJuly 3, 2016 (2016-07-03)
44"Ana Montes, Queen of Cuba"Ana MontesJuly 10, 2016 (2016-07-10)
55"Cross International: The Billion Dollar Black Market"Amir Hossein Ardebili[7]August 14, 2016 (2016-08-14)
66"Angry Talon"Dayna Curry and Heather MercerAugust 21, 2016 (2016-08-21)
77"Red Storm Rising: Naval Secrets Exposed"Chi MakAugust 28, 2016 (2016-08-28)
88"Hexagon: Secret Satellite"KH-9 HexagonSeptember 4, 2016 (2016-09-04)

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

No. in
No. in
Title Subject Original air date
91"Operation Ghost Stories: The Spies Next Door"Illegals ProgramJuly 22, 2017 (2017-07-22)
102"The Peacock: Merchant of War"Monzer al-KassarJuly 29, 2017 (2017-07-29)
113"Hijacked: Terror in the Sky"EgyptAir Flight 648August 5, 2017 (2017-08-05)
124"Heroin's Godfather: Haji Bagcho"Haji BagchoSeptember 23, 2017 (2017-09-23)
135"Fidel's Personal Spies: The Myers"Kendall MyersAugust 26, 2017 (2017-08-26)
146"Crack 99: Defense Secrets for Sale[8]"Xiang Li[9]September 2, 2017 (2017-09-02)
157"American Terrorists: The Order"The OrderAugust 19, 2017 (2017-08-19)
168"The Nicholsons: A Spy and His Son"Harold James NicholsonSeptember 23, 2017 (2017-09-23)


  1. ^ "Declassified - CNN". CNN. 
  2. ^ "CNN's 'Declassified' opens the file on real-life spying". 
  3. ^ Desk, TV News. "VIDEO: First Look - CNN Original Series DECLASSIFIED: UNTOLD STORIES OF AMERICAN SPIES Returns". Retrieved 2017-07-13. 
  4. ^ "Season 2 of CNN's original series, 'Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies,' premieres July 22". Retrieved 2017-07-22. 
  5. ^ "TV Guy: Saturday's crime time expands". Retrieved 2017-07-22. 
  6. ^ Peterson, Martha (2012), The Widow Spy. Wilmington, North Carolina: Red Canary Press
  7. ^ "HSI Deputy Assistant Director featured in CNN documentary". 
  8. ^ David Locke Hall, CRACK99: The Takedown of a $100 Million Chinese Software Pirate, W. W. Norton, 2015.
  9. ^ CNN, Thom Patterson,. "The inside story of catching a cyberpirate".