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What do spies do on their day off?

July 29, 2010
The cast of the new AMC drama series "Rubicon"

The cast of the new AMC drama series "Rubicon"

What do international spies do on their day off? Go on a “spy tour,” says former CIA chief of operations Jack Devine.

While stationed in London as head of CIA operations in Britain, Devine — a 32-year CIA veteran — said he decided to go on one of the city’s walking tours that tells tourists tales of espionage.

“I was with my counterpart from the British (intelligence) service. This is how we spend our exciting days,” Devine told a panel discussion in New York on Wednesday to launch AMC’s new conspiracy drama series “Rubicon.”

But there was one moment on the tour when Devine, who is a tall man, and his British counterpart thought their cover could be blown. “(The tour guide) said you can spot (spies) all the time, they tend to be short and pudgy,” he said, laughing.

Devine was on the panel with former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey and former New York Police Department counterterrorism chief Michael Sheehan and they discussed intelligence and conspiracy theories since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

The 13-episode series “Rubicon,” which premiers on Aug. 1 and stars James Badge Dale and Miranda Richardson, tells the story of an analyst at a New York City-based federal intelligence agency who is thrown into a story where nothing is as it appears to be.

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