Joseph Wippl

Director of Graduate Studies; Professor of the Practice of International Relations; BU Pardee School of Global Studies

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BA Marquette University; MA University of Minnesota in European History; PhD Candidate in European History, University of Minnesota

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152 Bay State Road Room 338

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Joseph Wippl is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer. He spent a 30 year career as an operations officer in the National Clandestine Service (NCS). Wippl has served overseas as an operations officer and operations manager in Bonn, West Germany; Guatemala City; Luxembourg; Madrid, Spain; Mexico City; Vienna, Austria; and Berlin, Germany. On assignments… Read more

Joseph Wippl is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer. He spent a 30 year career as an operations officer in the National Clandestine Service (NCS). Wippl has served overseas as an operations officer and operations manager in Bonn, West Germany; Guatemala City; Luxembourg; Madrid, Spain; Mexico City; Vienna, Austria; and Berlin, Germany. On assignments in CIA headquarters, he served as the Deputy Chief of Human Resources, as the Senior NCS representative to the Aldrich Ames Damage Assessment Team, as Chief of Europe Division and as the CIA’s Director of Congressional Affairs. Wippl has coordinated extensively with other members of the U.S. intelligence community. Prior to his arrival at Boston University, he occupied the Richard Helms Chair for Intelligence Collection in the NCS training program.  Wippl has taught at BU since 2006.

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  • Crisis in Syria

    August 28, 2014

    NECN Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences View video of expert Joseph Wippl

  • White House proposes to end NSA bulk data collection

    March 25, 2014

    AFP Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences The White House outlined plans Tuesday to end the National Security Agency’s bulk telephone data collection on Americans, aiming to reassure the public following revelations about widespread surveillance… Expert quote: “There is nothing here which protects foreign nationals, which is the way it has always been.” View […]

  • LETTERS: A world of difference between political, career diplomats

    March 23, 2014

    Boston Globe (subscription required) By Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences Daniel Benjamin’s defense of political appointees to US ambassadorships is based on the belief that political appointees bring needed insights and momentum into our international relations… View full article by expert Joseph Wippl

  • Nasty CIA/Senate Spying Showdown Could Get Uglier

    March 14, 2014

    Newsweek  Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences In the early 1980s, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence discovered that a staffer had taken home hundreds of pages of highly classified documents covering decades of CIA operations… Expert quote: “Getting into a feud with any member of Congress is a bad deal. They have a […]

  • Intelligence Expert: Obama’s NSA Reform Promises Are the First Step

    January 18, 2014

    Boston Magazine “Boston Daily Blog” Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences In an effort to restore the confidence of the American public, and calm fears that bulk metadata collected by some of the administration’s top intelligence agencies is being used to snoop on people’s private emails and phone conversations, President Barack Obama vowed to […]

  • Snowden, Seeking Asylum, Offers to Help Brazil

    December 18, 2013

    Wall Street Journal (subscription required) Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences Brazil’s biggest newspaper published an open letter from Edward Snowden in which the former National Security Agency contractor offers to assist Brazil in uncovering potential U.S. espionage crimes against Brazilians and makes another plea for asylum… Expert quote: “Will Brazil, which has a great deal of equity […]

  • Maine online gamers shrug at NSA spying

    December 13, 2013

    Portland Press Herald Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences Players of online video games such as “World of Warcraft” and “Second Life” hardly raised an eyebrow when news broke this week that the National Security Agency took steps to monitor communications and plant spies in the games… Expert quote: “They’re just trying to get […]

  • The World of Intelligence: Snowden Brought Uproar Without Illumination

    December 11, 2013

    The Epoch Times Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences The Snowden revelations seem to be in the spotlight to stay, but do they make us any wiser about what is really going on in the world of intelligence gathering and sharing?… Expert quote: “A huge amount of data is collected, but no one looks […]

  • Current reports on NSA spying

    November 6, 2013

    Arise America Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences View video

  • Rep. Mike Rogers says U.S. shuttering of intelligence operation in 1929 led to World War II

    November 4, 2013

    PolitiFact Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences The debate over the federal government’s surveillance policies — prompted by the release of National Security Agency documents taken by leaker Edward Snowden — has revived interest in a decades-old tale of spycraft… Expert quote: “After World War I, the United States returned to a policy of […]

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