Mike Baker (CIA officer)

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Mike Baker
Allegiance United States
Service Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Birth name Michael Baker
Born June 22, 1961
Bideford, England
Nationality American-British
Residence Idaho
Children 4
Occupation Script advisor, producer, former CIA officer, security consultant

Michael "Mike" Baker is an American British former covert operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, president and co-founder of Diligence LLC, a private intelligence and security firm, a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel, and current producer and script adviser to the entertainment industry. He lives in Idaho with his wife and three sons, and has a daughter from a previous marriage.


Baker spent 17 years as a covert field operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency, specializing in counterterrorism, counternarcotics and counterinsurgency operations.[1] He engaged in, organized and supervised operations around the globe, working in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and elsewhere.

Private sector[edit]

In December 2000,[2] after leaving government service, Baker co-founded Diligence. Baker left Diligence in 2004 to found Prescience LLC, another private intelligence company.[3] Baker returned to Diligence in 2009, when it acquired Prescience.[3][4] Baker is currently Diligence's President, Americas.[5]

Television, radio, and podcasting[edit]

Baker is a repeated panelist and guest host[6] on Fox News' Red Eye w/ Tom Shillue. He also serves as a technical advisor[7] for the entertainment industry.

When acting as the ombudsman on Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld in 2011, Baker presented a graph of the "wanker gap" for the first half of the program.[8] Baker has never given an explanation of the meaning of the "wanker graph."

He appeared on Deadliest Warrior, episode "KGB vs. CIA," as a member of the CIA team. Baker was a trainer on Spy, a 2004 reality TV series in which amateurs were trained and evaluated in espionage techniques. He is also a frequent guest on the Opie & Anthony Radio Show on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio and Imus.

He appeared on the Opie and Anthony show on SiriusXM, after being booked by a parody Twitter account of the show's actual booker.

Mike has appeared on the podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, on episodes #541, #767, & #907.


  1. ^ Mike Baker (April 3, 2005). "The globe-trotting life of a real double agent". latimes.com. Retrieved 2017-01-16. 
  2. ^ "About Us". www.diligence.com. Retrieved 2016-08-05. 
  3. ^ a b Javers, Eamon (2010-02-09). Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-196938-6. 
  4. ^ "Face Lift for Diligence". Intelligence Online (585). 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2017-01-16.  (subscription required)
  5. ^ http://diligence.com/michael-g-baker-president-americas.html[dead link]
  6. ^ "The Daily Gut". The Daily Gut. Retrieved 2011-06-26. 
  7. ^ DiNardo, Kelly (2005-01-23). "Ex-CIA Operative Demystifies Spies". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2011-06-26. 
  8. ^ "Halftime Report: 12/28/11". Fox News. 2010-09-23. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 

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