Hayden B. Peake

Hayden B. Peake is the curator of CIA’s Historical Intelligence Collection. He is also the person who a long time ago showed me that there was an intellectual side to the business of intelligence, an act for which I am eternally grateful.

Peake, Hayden B. "Intelligence Satellites - A Bibliographic Launchpad." American Intelligence Journal 15, no. 2 (Autumn-Winter 1994): 58-60.

Peake, Hayden B. "OSS and the Venona Decrypts." Intelligence and National Security 12, no. 3 (Jul. 1997): 14-34.

The focus here is the Soviet wartime penetration of OSS Headquarters. Even more specifically, Peake explores in detail the interaction between Elizabeth Bentley's revelations and the recently released Venona decrypts in terms of what is revealed about Soviet agents working in OSS' domestic components.

Although the argumentation is too finely detailed to restate succinctly, the author decides that Bentley's accusations are, in the main, supported by the information in the Venona materials. And where they are not supported, they are also not refuted. Peake concludes that "the Soviet intelligence services did a very thorough job of penetrating the domestic elements of OSS." However, the Soviets successes "pose a paradox. They were numerous and productive..., but to date there is no direct evidence of damage that affected the OSS wartime mission in the United States."

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Peake, Hayden B. "A Question of Evidence: The Peyton Lyon Report." Foreign Intelligence Literary Scene 9, no. 3 (1990): 1-2, 8-11.

Discusses a Canadian Government report on the Norman case.


Peake, Hayden B. The Reader's Guide to Intelligence Periodicals. Washington, DC: National Intelligence Book Center, 1992.

Clark comment: When it was first published, the praise was universal for Peake's unique work. However, many of the periodicals have disappeared and new Web-based publications have come into being. It would be interesting to see an updated version of this work.

AIJ 14.2 calls Reader's Guide a "superb reference guide." It is "not merely a listing," but supplies "insightful discussions on the coverage and merits of each publication." Sharman, NSLR 15.6, says that Peake "brings together what appears to be virtually every known datum about the intelligence-related publications."

For Calder, I&NS 9.2, Peake "demonstrates a commitment to information management and to the encouragement of high-quality inquiry." However, he should offer "guiding principles by which to distinguish objective and systematic inquiry from raw polemic, pseudo-objectivity or outright distortion... [T]his vital work is an essential item for all academic libraries and serious intelligencers."

NAMEBASE comments that "Peake has collected information (including addresses and telephone numbers) on 155 intelligence periodicals, newsletters, and databases from the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The task of tracking down all this esoterica would overwhelm most bibliophiles, but then he goes on to offer well-written, interesting descriptions averaging almost two pages for each."


Peake, Hayden B. "Risks of Recruitment." Foreign Intelligence Literary Scene 7, no. 6 (1988): 8-10.


Peake, Hayden B. "SIGINT Literature: World War I to the Present." American Intelligence Journal 15, no. 1 (Spring-Summer 1994): 88-92.

The author discusses, among others, Yardley, Kahn, Flicke, Ferris, Hinsley, Lewin, Clausen and Lee, Layton and Costello, Drea, Smith, Richelson and Ball, Bamford, and West.


Peake, Hayden B. "Soviet Espionage and the Office of Strategic Services." In America Unbound: World War II and the Making of a Superpower, ed. Warren F. Kimball, 107-138. New York: St. Martin's, 1992.

This study was published prior to the release of the Venona material and was based on available FBI files.


Peake, Hayden B. "US Intelligence and the End of the Cold War." Intelligencer 10, no. 3 (Dec. 1999): 8-10.

This is a quick and readable "summary" of the conference's proceedings.


Peake, Hayden B.

1. "The Venona Progeny." Naval War College Review 53, no. 3 (Summer 2000) (http://www.nwc.navy.mil) Updated in Intelligencer 11, no. 2 (Winter 2000): 74-80.

Peake provides an excellent review of the growing literature drawn from the Venona materials. The updated version includes comments on Romerstein and Breindel, The Venona Secrets (2000).

2. "Soviet Espionage in America: The VENONA Progeny." American Intelligence Journal 20, nos. 1 & 2 (Winter 2000-2001): 75-81.

Includes book reviews of Benson and Warner, eds.; West; Ball and Horner; Haynes and Klehr; Weinstein and Vassilliev; Albright and Kunstel; and Romerstein and Breindell.


Peake, Hayden B., and Samuel Halpern, eds. In the Name of Intelligence: Essays in Honor of Walter Pforzheimer. Washington, DC: NIBC Press, 1994.

Clark comment: In the Name of Intelligence was issued as a tribute to Pforzheimer on his 80th birthday. It is a mixed bag in that it combines articles focused on Pforzheimer and substantive articles on intelligence history. This volume is clearly of more interest to those of us who bought one of the 400 copies than to the general reading public.

Periscope 19.5 notes that this compilation contains articles by 36 friends and authors in honor of their colleague. This is "a virtual international 'Who's Who' in intelligence literature and scholarship." Similarly Kruh, Cryptologia 19.1, refers to the volume as a "smorgasbord of elegant papers on intelligence topics by renown[ed] writers and professionals in the field."

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