Hollywood on the Potomac
“During my career, I barely shared this story with anyone in my offices because I didn’t want to be known by the label as the woman who was arrested,” former CIA case officer Marti Peterson told a packed audience at the Newseum for the premiere of CNN’s Original Series: DECLASSIFIED: Untold Stories of American Spies. “I wanted to stand on my own in each job that I had; and in the CIA we moved through many different positions and areas and I just never wanted to be known as the woman who was arrested.”
“DECLASSIFiED is a new eight-part CNN Original Series, that debuted on Sunday, June 19, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by former U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers, also the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, each episode features a newly declassified mission told first-hand by the agents who lived it, providing viewers with unprecedented access to the riveting and secret world of espionage. Declassified covers missions set in fascinating locations and time periods from Cold War era Moscow to modern day Iran, from the streets of 1980s Cuba to today’s bustling Beijing. All 16 intelligence agencies from the CIA to the FBI are represented, revealing the unbelievable true stories of America’s covert operations in the United States and around the world.
The hour-long series is produced by All3Media America with Gregory J. Lipstone, Domini Hofmann, Aaron Saidman, Stephen Lambert and Mike Rogers serving as executive producers.” CNN Statement
by guest contributor Dimitrios Machairidis
“My first time in Greece was in December 2015 in order to visit the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC). I was overwhelmed. It was much more than I expected. Everything was extraordinary: The use of the land, the orientation of the park, its canal, the buildings of the National Opera and the National Library and of course the relation of the SNFCC with the sea,” said Limor Tomer, General Manager of Concerts and Lectures of the Metropolitan Museum of New York. Here in Athens she will be the Events’ Performance Curator of “Metamorphosis” – the four-day event taking place from the 23rd to the 26th of June that will transform the SNFCC into an open space of encounter, exploration and experimentation.
“Where did those years go? I don’t know, but I’m proud of myself now and I’m so glad … that God gave me another chance,” keynote speaker Lolita Mitchell said at the 10th Annual N Street Village Empowerment Luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC. “I was accepted in a recovery program, and I was welcomed by the staff and my other peers. I just had to give myself a chance.” She did and she won her battle against drugs.
“N Street Village is a community of empowerment and recovery for homeless and low-income women in Washington, DC. With comprehensive services addressing both emergency and long-term needs,they help women achieve stability and make meaningful gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health, and addiction recovery.” Mission Statement