Peabody-Award winning investigative journalist and broadcaster; best-selling author; former interrogator, counter-intelligence operative and chief strategy analyst for the CIA in Vietnam; ex-CIA whistleblower; named defendant in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on free speech and national security; expert commentator on the Vietnam war, national security, and the First Amendment.
Frank Snepp, a graduate of Columbia’s School of Internal Affairs, is a former, highly decorated CIA agent whose best-seller about his experiences in Vietnam, “Decent Interval,” triggered a landmark First Amendment/national security decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. His second book, “Irreparable Harm,” details those experiences. He was part of the four-person team for ABC News World News Tonight that broke the Iran Contra scandal and served as a national security consultant to the Manuel Noriega defense team. In his first year as staff investigative producer for NBC4, he reported, produced and wrote an expose about dangerous local methane issues, which won a Peabody Award, the highest award in broadcast journalism.
“Decent Interval,” his celebrated best-seller about the fall of Saigon, tells of his eyewitness experiences as interrogator, operative and chief strategy analyst at the CIA Station, Vietnam, and as one of the last agency officers to be choppered off the roof of the U.S. embassy in April 1975.