The Wright Report

The Wright Report by Bryan Dean Wright

Bryan Dean Wright

Former CIA Officer Bryan Dean Wright is back! The Wright Report is a morning news podcast, with updates from America and around the world. Bryan tracks down current events that others don't, and helps us understand why these developments are so important. Plus, he provides analysis based on his experiences as an Intelligence Officer, leaning on facts and data. As always, he leaves listeners with the ultimate decision of what to think about the issues -- and what we ought to do about them. The Wright Report is your morning news brief, available starting April 3rd at 7am Eastern, with reports each morning, Monday through Friday!

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In this special Memorial Day edition of The Wright Report, Bryan Dean Wright, former CIA Operations Officer, takes you on a remarkable journey through the life and legacy of Douglas Seymour MacKiernan, the first CIA officer to die in the line of duty.

The episode begins with a tribute to all who have served and sacrificed for the United States, focusing on MacKiernan’s extraordinary story. Born in 1913, MacKiernan’s life was marked by a love for adventure, languages, marksmanship, and science. Despite his academic struggles, his natural talents led him to MIT, a brief stint in academia, and eventually, the US Army during World War II.

As a cryptographer, MacKiernan's skills were critical in the war effort, leading him to a covert career with the CIA in China's volatile regions. His mission: to gather intelligence on Soviet activities and support local anti-communist forces. His adventure was filled with peril, from navigating the treacherous deserts of China to evading communist forces.

The climax of MacKiernan’s story unfolds in the desolate landscapes of Central Asia, where he led a daring escape through deserts and over the Himalayas, aiming for freedom in Tibet. Tragically, miscommunications led to his death at the hands of Tibetan border guards in 1950, just days before a message confirming his identity could reach them.

MacKiernan’s heroism remained a secret for decades until the CIA revealed his story in 1997, honoring him as the first star on the CIA Memorial Wall. This episode not only commemorates his bravery but also serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made for freedom, resonating deeply as we face contemporary global challenges.

Join us for this riveting and moving episode, paying tribute to Douglas MacKiernan and all who have given their lives in service to our nation.


"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32


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