Embark on a captivating journey into the world of intelligence and investigations with Segreta, a podcast by 36Brains. Join former spies, seasoned prosecutors and expert investigators as they reveal historical cases cracked wide open by groundbreaking techniques. From covert operations to cutting-edge methodologies, each episode offers a gripping exploration moving through the shadows of espionage and the brilliance of innovation. Tune in now to unravel the mysteries and immerse yourself in the art of solving enigmas. This podcast was written and edited by journalist and author Federica Manzitti.


August 2, 2023 15 mins
Meet Debra LaPrevotte, who served as an FBI Supervisory Special Agent on the International Corruption Unit, seizing over $1 billion from foreign corrupt officials.

In conversation with Federica Manzitti, Debra uncovers the hidden dynamics behind one of the most notable corruption cases of our times, explaining the intricacies of a powerful Nigerian family-business.
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Learn from Annalisa, a prominent corporate investigator with a wealth of experience. She has been at the forefront of sensitive internal investigations and has worked on uncovering fraud for some of the world’s largest corporations.

Renowned for her astute mind and unwavering commitment to the truth, Annalisa tells Federica Manzitti how she assisted a large corporation when faced with a devious fraud that anyone of us could have fal...
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September 20, 2023 2 mins
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September 20, 2023 14 mins
In this episode of Segreta, Robert Grenier, a former CIA operative, takes us back to the 1980s when he was on a mission against a rogue regime. He reveals the challenges of investigating secretive businesses and individuals connected to the regime. Grenier’s recollections showcase the importance of imagination and unconventional methods in espionage. He recounts break-ins into suspect businesses in the pre-computer era and highligh...
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In this gripping podcast episode, listeners are taken on a thrilling journey through the real-life cybercrime phenomenon known as the “Unlimited Attacks” that rocked the global financial market between 2007 and 2013. Federal prosecutor Cristina Posa recounts her early involvement in the case, which begins with a Secret Service officer’s visit and a t-shirt clue.
The story unfolds with a blend of old-school detective work and cutting...
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September 20, 2023 15 mins
In this eye-opening podcast episode, Richard Knowlton recounts a true story from the early 2000s, where a prominent telecom company, referred to as “Phonia,” found itself in a cybersecurity nightmare. As Phonia merged with a local rival, internal turmoil and a lack of focus on security led to a shocking breach of customer data.
The tale unfolds with lessons on the importance of cybersecurity, crisis management, and building a cultur...
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