Episode 142: Asha Rangappa – Russian Interference, Counterintelligence

Former agent Asha Rangappa served in the FBI for three years. She was assigned to the New York Division and specialized in counterintelligence investigations. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Asha Rangappa reviews Russian interference and how the FBI’s counterintelligence agents, along with the entire intelligence community, is addressing the threat. During her time in the Bureau, Asha Rangappa assessed threats to national security, conducted classified investigations on suspected foreign agents, and performed undercover work. She gained experience in intelligence tradecraft, electronic surveillance, interview and interrogation techniques, and the use of firearms and deadly force. After leaving the FBI, Asha Rangappa was an Associate Dean at Yale Law School. She has also taught National Security Law and related courses at Yale University, Wesleyan University, and the University of New Haven. Currently, as a Senior Lecturer at the Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Asha has published op-eds in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, among others, and has appeared on NPR, BBC, and several major television networks. She is an editor for Just Security and is currently a legal and national security analyst for CNN. You can find more about Asha on her website AshaRangappa.com.

Special Agent (Former)

Asha Rangappa

2002 – 2005









“Part of the subversion is not just to get us to fight with each other, but to cause us to lose faith in our institutions and our own government. First and foremost among them is law enforcement and the courts.”

The following are links to FBI website and newspaper articles about counterintelligence and Russian interference:

FBI Website:  WHAT WE INVESTIGATE – Counterintelligence

FBI Website:  WHAT WE INVESTIGATE – Combating Foreign Influence

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Report – July 3, 2018  

U.S. District Court Criminal Complaint Charging Foreign Influence Operations

Time Magazine – 3/14/2018:  A Former Russian Troll Explains How to Spread Fake News

USA Today – 11/16/2018:  Russia’s Internet Research Agency may have been behind Facebook election meddling

Los Angeles Times – 2/16/2018:  Who is the California man who just pleaded guilty to unwittingly aiding Russian interference in the 2016 election


Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.

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